In an effort to reduce disposal of solid waste at landfills and
to conserve our precious natural resources, the County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Works is providing the following information
to assist residents and businesses in reducing unwanted junk mail.
This page offers facts, tips, specific addresses to write, and numbers to call to help residents and businesses reduce the amount of unwanted mail they receive. Read on for simple ways to unclutter your mailbox.
Facts about junk mail:
Americans spend 8 months of life opening junk mail; 90 million trees are leveled each year to provide the paper for mostly unwanted mailings; out of 5.6 million tons of mailings generated each year, 4.3 million are thrown in the garbage; 340,000 garbage trucks are needed to haul away all the junk mail that doesn't quite make it to the recycling bin.*
How you get junk mail:
Information about you may be collected and added to a mailing list whenever you enter a contest, make a donation, buy something, order a product, or send in a subscription or warranty card. This mailing list may in turn be sold or traded with other companies. This is how junk mail is generated.
How to reduce junk mail:
Getting off of national mailing lists:
How to notify list brokers:
Another way of reducing unwanted mail is by calling or writing to list brokers. You will need to provide them with your name and address. List brokers are companies that specialize in collecting and selling mailing lists. Below is a list of some of the major list brokers:
How to reduce coupons, ads and product samples:
To reduce or stop receiving coupons, ads and/or product samples in your mail, you will need to contact the companies distributing these materials to your residence. You can write or call these companies and request that your name and address be removed from their company's mailing lists. One such company mailing these materials is:
How to reduce credit offers:
There are four credit bureaus: Equifax, Trans Union, Experian, and Innovis. These credit bureaus sell credit information to anyone who would want to purchase their lists. If you don't want your information sold, contact the four credit bureaus and request them not to sell your information. You can contact all four companies and stop them from selling your credit info by calling just one toll-free number: 888-5OPT OUT or 888-567-8688, 24 hours a day.
How to stop mail addressed to former residents:
If the former residents of your house neglected to fill out a "Change of Address Form" or it expired, you can fill one out for them. You must fill out a card for each unique last name. On the card write "Moved, Left No Forwarding Address" as the new address. Sign your own name and write on the form "Form filled in by current resident of the house, (your name), agent for the above". Once submitted, this information will be entered into the U.S. Postal Service's National Change of Address (NCOA) database and remain active for a year and a half.
You can also reduce unwanted mail from companies mailing lists generated from warranty cards by writing or calling: