The average household receives 224 pieces of junk mail each year. Half a million tonnes of unwanted mail is generated in the UK and it takes 3,300,000 trees to produce it.
Follow these easy steps to help the environment and reduce the amount of unwanted mail that comes through your door:
Step 1 - Reduce addressed unwanted mail
Register your details with the Mail Preference Service. This service will remove your name and address from 95% of mailing lists. Registration can take up to four months to have full effect and will last until you cancel it.
In addition you can also opt out of receiving unaddressed mail through Royal Mail by registering with their door to door opt outs scheme.The council will still be able to deliver important information to you by sending it as addressed mail through the Royal Mail.
Step 2 - Stop flyers and unwanted leaflets, order your free "No commercial leaflets" sticker
The Council has produced "No commercial leaflets" stickers that can be placed above or on your letterbox. Order your free sticker online or phone 08456 122 660.
Step 3 - Avoid joining new mailing lists
When completing consumer related forms, always tick the box to show you do not wish to receive further correspondence from these companies or other related companies.
Other useful numbers:
- Telephone preference service - http://www.tpsonline.org.uk/ - 0845 070 0707
- Fax preference service - http://www.fpsonline.org.uk/ - 0845 070 0707
- Email preference service - www.dma.org.uk/
If any unwanted mail does come through your door, don't forget to recycle it!