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The average American household receives unsolicited junk mail equal to 1.5 trees every year—more than 100 million trees for all U.S. households combined; the production and disposal of direct mail consumes more energy than 3 million cars. And we pay for disposal! Between $320 and $370 million is spent annually annually to dispose of junk mail that doesn’t get recycled.
Although this is an ongoing battle, if you do it at least once a year, you should see a considerable decrease in your junk mail. See instructions on how to stop junk mail on the FTC web site. You can also go to www.optoutprescreen.com to opt out of insurance and credit card offers, and go to www.cataglochoice.org to stop those pesky catalog mailings. If you do not have time to research and would like a quick kit, go to www.stopjunk.com/ and order the kit (costs about $10) or Green Dimes (about $20).