My new crusade!
Posted: April 21, 2008 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: ecology, goals, links, lists
I’ve decided to tackle the issue of junk mail at our house. It comes in 2 forms:
My first stop was to go on the Canada Post website and see if there is an option to not get it delivered (not all unaddressed junk mail is delivered by the postal service, but about a third of ours is) but there was no such option so I googled “no junk mail Canada”.
So apparently, Canada Post will only not deliver unaddressed junk mail if you clearly label your mail box. Well Canada Post delivers my mail to one of these:
So how am I supposed to label that? I think they deliver from the back so maybe I’ll super-tape a piece of paper that hangs down from the top so they see it as they put the mail in.
I’m also going to put labels on the mailbox by our front door so that no flyers or local businesses leave their junk there.
If I still get unaddressed junk I will do one of two things.
- Those that have a postage paid return envelope will be getting it back, full of other junk mail.
- I’ll put it right back into the mail box. Canada post wants to give me junk? Fine. I’ll give them the junk right back.
For addressed junk mail the first thing I did was fill out the Do Not Contact form here: CMA
It takes 6-8 weeks to be taken off the list and you need to do it again once a year.
Next I will make sure to contact whatever companies have targeted me and get them to stop (they legally have to in Canada, but it can take about 8 weeks to be taken off the list). I get a lot of pre-approved credit card stuff so I’ll take the prepaid return envelope, detach the address label they used to send it to me and write”Do not solicit” along with the date and signature on it. If I send that back, they legally have to stop. I’ll cancel any catalogues that come in using their 1-800 number or the website on the ordering page.
Do you have any more tips for reducing how much junk mail makes it to your recycle bin?
On this day:
In 2006 – I recount the meat cleaver incident.
In 2005 – I am obviously an ass-hole. I’m working on it.