In the summer I put a note on my mail box saying no junk mail. I got the idea from the Red Dot Campaign http://www.reddotcampaign.ca/. The junk mail did not stop. Then I found out that the best results happen if you go into a Canada Post office and ask them directly. Today while I was in Shoppers Drug Mart it occurred to me to ask the woman who runs the mini post office there if she could do it for me. She couldn’t but agreed with me that I’d need to go to a main Canada Post office. It seemed like a good day to get it done so me and the kids went to the post office a few blocks away. After asking the employee if she could help me cancel my junk mail it took 30 seconds to complete the procedure. All I had to do was write my name, address and phone number on a form. Then she gave me two red stickers to put in my mailbox that would help alert the postman. Apparently the mail delivery person (in my case a woman) will take one sticker and mark their list with it.This was soooo easy. The real pay off will be the lazy-man recycling and the trees that will be saved over the years. Definitely a real step towards zero-waste.
On the website www.50waystohelp.com they explain why cancelling the junk mail makes sense…
#35 Cut DOWN ON JUNK MAIL Feel like you need to lose a few pounds? It might be your junk mail that’s weighing you down. The average American receives 40 pounds of junk mail each year, destroying 100 millions trees. There are many services that can help reduce the clutter in your mailbox, saving trees and the precious space on your countertops.
While I was at it I put us on the Do Not Call list for Telemarketers and also signed us up online to stop getting junk mail that poses as real mail because it has our name and address on it.
National Do Not Call List (Canada) – www.lnnte-dncl.gc.ca
To stop getting junk mail that is addressed to you (Canada) – http://www.the-cma.org/
I recommend this to anyone who is sick and tired of junk mail and would rather refuse than recycle. Will you cancel your junk mail?