5 Steps to Stop Receiving Junk Mail
Junk mail and unwanted post that gets dropped through your letterbox every day soon adds up into an annoying heap of paper to be recycled. If you don’t even glance at it anymore and send it straight to the recycling bin, why not go one step further and take steps to stop receiving it altogether? To take more control over what appears through your letterbox, here are 5 steps to stop receiving junk mail from today.
- Be careful what you sign up to when dealing with a new company. When you register for emails or buy something online from a new company, often there will be a little checkbox at the end which you can check or uncheck which gives the company permission to contact you with marketing offers and promotions. If you select this, they may contact you with direct mail campaigns from time to time, but often you will be able to opt in for email-only services and sometimes you might prefer not to hear from them at all.
- Contact the sender directly or return your unopened and unwanted mail which has a return address printed on the envelope with an ‘unsolicited mail’ scribbled across the front. This will be returned to the sender and won’t cost you anything. It might not guarantee that you never get contacted again, but it’s a clear way to let this particular company know you don’t want to receive any more junk mail from them.
- Signing up to the Mail Preference Service is the next step to take in your quest to stop receiving junk mail on a daily basis. This is a free service, however as it is not a legal requirement for direct mail and marketing companies to check this register before they send, you may still find that you still get the odd bit of junk mail posted to you.
- Royal Mail’s opt out scheme for unwanted leaflets requires you to fill out a simple form and then they will cease to deliver unaddressed mail to your home address within 6 weeks. They are required however to deliver post which is specifically addressed to you, or is posted to ‘The Occupier’, which is how some marketing companies get around this restriction.
- A simple sign or sticker above your letterbox could also do the trick – saying no to junk mail, or yes to free local newspapers can let the sender know that you still wish to hear from them, or would rather not.
We hope these tips help you to stop receiving junk mail and cut down the amount of wasted paper each year, but remember that any paper you receive can be recycled so there should be very little wastage. Hopefully, these 5 steps will go some way to ensuring that the only post you receive is relevant and useful to you.