According to the EPA, over 250M tons of municipal solid waste were produced in the United States in 2007. That averages out to 4.62 pounds of waste per day for every man, woman and child!
We can do better than that. Take, for example my mail from yesterday. Two piles, one item was legitimate mail (and if I take the time to convert it to an e-statement, even it would go away) and the rest…well that’s just crazy.
There are ways to reduce junk mail…but it is not a slam dunk. I submitted my name on the do not mail list (below) about 5 months ago. They tell you on the website that it takes about 12 weeks for the change to kick in, but I figured out another part of the problem. In the pile of junk you see on the right, between my wife and I (and now my oldest son too), there are 5 different versions of our name(s). So, I have a new plan. I have posted a notepad on the wall and we are writing down ALL the name versions on the incoming addresses on the junk mail and submitting each of these to stop them. It is, and will continue to be an ongoing process and it will take time. But given the ratio of junk vs real mail, it’s worth it!
Here’s a web page from wikihow my oldest son sent to me. It has instructions and suggestions for getting your name off mailing lists. You have to jump through several hoops, but be patient and remember it’s for a good cause.
If you have others methods you can recommend, please leave a comment.
Note: Within the above link you will find a website called DMAchoice.org This one has lots of cool ways to reduce/eliminate mail, catalogs, and other wasteful and annoying solicitations.