What To Do with Junk Mail

Junk mail is a problem in our house. I’m not sure where they’re all coming from but my hubby and I call our mailbox the junk box. Most days, they are no important mail in the pile, just junk – credit card offers, store promotions, catalogs, etc.

I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy, but if you are experiencing this issue, here is a list of what you can do with your junk mail:

  • Try writing “Return to Sender” in bold on the mail envelope and return it to the post office.
  • Drop off your junk mail at a U.S. Postal Service recycling station – the recycling bins can be found at the customer lobbies of post office locations.
  • Use it as packing material – this is a great idea for entrepreneurs who ship products to their customers. However, please inform your customers that you run a green business to avoid a reaction to recycled packaging.
  • Contact specific businesses and organization and ask to be removed from their mailing list.
  • Participate in your neighborhood Home Owner Organization (HOA) recycling efforts. My HOA organizes a recycling day in our community. You can also organize such events with your local office stores, such as Staples or Office Depot.
  • Register with the Direct Marketing Association‘s mail preference service to request that your name is removed from junk mailing lists.
  • Make paper mache sculptures and paper crafts ideas. 
  • Recycle sensitive mail/junk mail at Staples for a fee. I recently contacted Staples and they charge $0.99 per pound of paper.

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Hi, Hello, Hey there! It's Abi, the author of lovingthesimplethings.com. I am a mother of three and wife of one. I fancy myself in creating, photography and abstract painting. I am an introverted extrovert and love spending time with my boys, all four of them. I started Lovingthesimplethings blog as a platform to share my ideas and creativity. I am definitely a creative do-er, with all kinds of ideas running through my mind at any given time. If you love DIY, home décor, food, and healthy lifestyle tips, you’ll feel right at home here. Welcome!

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