How to stop receiving unwanted mail
Red Plum is the most widely received coupon circular. To remove a mailing address, folks should visit http://www.valassis.com/about-us/contact-us, and select “Remove Mailing Address” in the middle of the page. It can take up to 6 weeks, so be patient.
ValPak is another coupon mailer. To opt out, visit https://www.valpak.com/coupons/show/mailinglistsuppression
To stop receiving pre-screened credit card applications and insurance junk mail,
call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) or visit www.optoutprescreen.com.
Your SSN is not required. I successfully printed out the permanent removal to mail in without submitting my SSN.
Catalog Choice is a nonprofit whose main goal is to rid the world of paper junk mail.
Their service is free, and will contact companies on your behalf and ask them to take your name off their mailing lists. Visit https://www.catalogchoice.org/ to sign up. Catalog Choice may not be able to cover all the catalogs you receive, but do check first. You may have to go old school and call the company directly, just a heads up and this may take 6-8 weeks.
To opt out of receiving the White Pages, Yellow Pages, and other phone books, visit https://www.yellowpagesoptout.com/
Many utility services, banks, HOAs, and anyone else you receive bills or mail from, have electronic options so check into signing up for those to reduce paper mail.
The above information was originally provided by Austin’s Captain Can from Austin Resource Recovery to the Zero Waste Block Leaders’ Facebook Group.Zero Waste Block Leaders’ Facebook Group, February 1, 2018
*Edit 3/30/19: An additional website that was recommended to me as another source of removals is Eco-Cycle.org’s How to Stop Junk Mail in 6 Easy Steps. It’s too much to copy here but check it out!
Featured image courtesy of Barb Pfaff