Reduce Junk Mail

Reduce Your Intake
An estimated 9 million trees are used annually to make unread junk mail. Reduce your junk mail intake by telling advertisers that you want to be removed from their mailing lists.

Register with the following websites to remove yourself from mailing lists: By Mail
The Direct Marketing Association’s Mail Preference Service (DMAMPS) is used by the majority of direct marketers to avoid sending unwanted mail, but you may want to contact the following companies as well.

Send a postcard with your name, address and phone number in all the various ways they appear on the junk mail you receive, and a request that they remove your name from their mailing list. Be sure to include the statement, “do not rent, trade, or sell my name and address.”
Direct Marketing Association
Mail Preference Service
1200 Ave. of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

Hart Hanks Direct Marketing
List Maintenance
100 Alco Pl.
Baltimore, MD 21227
Haines and Company
Criss-Cross Directory
Attn: Director of Data Processing
8050 Freedom Ave. NW
North Canton, OH 44720

National Demographics & Lifestyle
List Order Services
1621 18th St.
Suite 300
Denver, CO 80202
List Services
P.O. Box 4196
Hartford, CT 06147

Database Americs
Attn: Opt-Outs
470 Chestnut Ridge Rd.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677
By Phone
You can call these numbers and request that they remove you from their mailing lists:
  • The National Opt-Out Center, 888-567-8688
  • Publisher's Clearinghouse, 800-645-9242
  • Val Pak Coupons, 727-399-3000
  • The Polk Company (request the opt-out line), 800-464-7655
Other Ways to Reduce Junk Mail
  • When you apply for a credit card, magazine subscription, or membership in an organization, or donate to a charity, write “Please do not rent, sell, trade or give my name and/or address to other businesses or organizations” on your application.
  • Request that the phone company remove your name from the published phone directory. Some mailing list companies use the directory as a source of addresses.
  • If you are getting duplicate mailings, send the company both labels and ask them to eliminate the extra copy.