Undo the junk mail damage

Jerry mentioned in a previous post a couple of ways that you can cut down on the amount of junk mail that comes into your home. His suggestions got my thoughts about junk mail spinning and I knew that someone out there had to have a service to take care of the junk mail problem for me. Not only did I find a company to do the work, but I found a company that also works toward improving the environment.

Green Dimes, for a fee of $36 per year (monthly and lifetime membership options also exist), does the leg work of unsubscribing you from the majority of junk mail lists and also has a service to specifically get catalogs out of your mailbox. You can even unsubscribe previous residents of your home from receiving junk mail at your address.

The best part of this service, however, is that for every month that you’re a member the company plants a tree in your honor. EVERY MONTH! If you become a lifetime member, they immediately plant 270 trees for you. Reading the company’s FAQ page really helped convince me that of all of the companies out there that could help reduce my junk mail problem, Green Dimes was the one for me.

8 Comments for “Undo the junk mail damage”

  1. posted by JB on

    Out of curiosity, which other companies did you research?

  2. posted by Erin on

    To find other companies that work to stop junk mail, do a google search using the keywords: stop paper junk mail -email -e-mail. A number of different companies and reviews of those companies will be returned for your search.

  3. posted by Jason on

    I don’t know about the other services, but I subscribed to Green Dimes about 8 weeks ago. The amount of just mail to my house has decreased significantly, I’d say by 50%. And they say it will taper off even more over time. I say it’s money well spent.

  4. posted by Jennifer on

    There is also a company who will unsubscribe you to those credit card offers. It always made me feel uncomfortable knowing that I could have problems with identity theft with those offers constantly coming in.
    here’s the site, you can also call their toll free phone number- Believe thats also on their site.https://www.optoutprescreen.com/?rf=t

  5. posted by Elaine on

    If you’re in the UK, you can sign up for free to the Mailing Preference Service http://www.mpsonline.org.uk/mpsr/ Any company that bulk mails has to check their list against the MPS and remove anyone who has registered. There is also a Telephone Preference Service, for unsolicited calls. I signed up to both and it had a huge impact on the amount of junk mail I received.

  6. posted by Dan on

    If I receive junk mail with one of of those free post return envelopes, I return everything they sent me in that envelope, with “PLEASE RECYCLE” written in big letters. That usually gets me noticed, and more importantly, taken off their list.

  7. posted by Dawn on

    One of my pet peeves is the grocery store flyers that arrive in my mailbox every week. Conveniently, it is the only thing my mailman delivers on Wednesdays. I just found a website to remove my address from this annoyance. They say it takes up to 6 weeks for removal to take effect.

  8. posted by jazzle on

    I just write “return to sender” on obvious junk mail. I often also ask them to remove my name/address and mention the Data Protection Act (UK).

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