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Save the Environment One Piece of Junk Mail at a Time

Are you tired of sifting through piles of junk mail every week? Do you receive multiple catalogs and credit card offers? According to the Center for the New American Dream, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible consumerism, the average American receives 11 pieces of unsolicited junk mail per week. That equates to 100 million trees lost per year! Take these easy steps to stop the junk mail. It will simplify your life and it’s good for the environment.

Most senders of junk mail receive your name and address from one of the following sources: Abacus Catalog Alliance (catalogs), Direct Marketing Association (fliers, brochures etc.) and Credit Bureaus (credit card and insurance offers).

Follow these steps to remove your name from these lists:

  • E-mail Abacus Catalog Alliance at with your full name and current address.
  • Visit Direct Marketing Association’s web site at: to opt out. There is a $1 fee which verifies your registration and helps to protect their system from fraud. You may also use their mail-in form if preferred.
  • This joint venture of the three credit bureaus puts a stop to prescreened credit and insurance solicitations. Sign up to halt these mailings for five years, or stop them permanently. Call 1-888-5-OPTOUT or visit

We would love to hear your comments and ideas on how you manage your junk mail.

Published May 17, 2008.