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.