How to reduce your junk mail

Do you get too much junk mail? To most people, any junk mail is too much! If your mailbox at home or work is overflowing with unwanted solicitations, you have probably wondered what you can do about it.

On the Internet, go to www.directmail.com/directory/mailpreference/ and ask them to take your name off unwanted mailing lists. Make sure to provide them with all the different variations of your name under which you receive junk mail. Be patient, it may take a few months before you see any results.

Registering with DMA will remove your name from unwanted mailing lists for five years. Remember, you need to provide DMA with your full name (and any variations of your name) and your address (and any variations of your address). Contact the companies that send you unwanted mail and tell them to remove your name from their mailing list. Don't sign up for information you don't really want. If you subscribe to a magazine, book club or other publication, call or write to tell them not to give your name to other companies. Check www.catalogchoice.org. They offer a free service that will get you on no-send lists to stop catalog spam.

Junk Mail Facts

According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:

• Americans receive almost 4 million tons of junk mail every year.

• Americans get 21.31 pieces of direct junk mail per week, 43 percent wish they got less, 52.2 percent order something from it, and 46 percent of it is never read.

• Each year, 100 million trees are used to produce junk mail.

• 250,000 homes could be heated with one day's supply of junk mail.

• If you saved up all the junk mail you received this year, that would equal 1 1/2 tree.

• The average American spends eight months of their life opening up junk mail.

The Senior Connection is a column provided by the Clinton County Office for the Aging. For more information about services for senior citizens, contact their office at 135 Margaret St., Suite 105, Plattsburgh or call them at 565-4620. Information is also periodically provided by the Behavioral HealthServices North Caregiver Resource Center. They may be reached at 565-4543 or 565-4625.

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