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How To Stop Junk Mail

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WAYNE COUNTY, OH, Jan. 10, 2022 — Instead of recycling it; unsubscribe.

Junk mail is unwanted or unsolicited advertising or promotional material received through the mail or by email.  On average, American gets 18 pieces of junk mail for every one piece of standard mail. Not only is junk mail annoying, it is an unnecessary waste of our natural resources.

Tired of having your mailbox crammed with ads and other mail like preapproved credit card applications? The good news is that there are ways you can cut down on how much unsolicited mail you get. You can decide what types of mail you do and don’t want from marketers. Register at the Direct Marketing Association's (DMA) consumer website dmachoice.org, and choose what catalogs, magazine offers, and other mail you want to get.
 
Facts on Junk Mail:

  •     Over 100 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered in the US every year.
  •     The EPA reports that 60% of all junk mail ends up in landfills and is not recycled.
  •     Direct mail marketing is a $10 billion industry in the US.
  •     33% of all mail delivered worldwide is junk mail.
  •     Junk mail produces more than 51 million metric tons of greenhouse gases each year – which is equivalent to 9 million passenger cars.
  •     Junk mail adds 1 billion pounds of waste to landfills each year.
  •     The U.S. Postal Service has installed over 4,000 postal recycling stations around the country to combat paper waste.

Article courtesy of the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Recycling District.