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The Green Life: Green Your Junk Mail: Kill It

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November 08, 2010

Green Your Junk Mail: Kill It

IStock_000007255262XSmall Junk mail can ruin your day: 5.6 million annual tons of ads choking mailboxes isn't pleasant for mail-getters, and it's even harder on the environment. This week's tips should help you curb the volume of waste piling up in your real-life inbox.

Tip #1: Stop it at its Source

Visit sites such as OptOutPrescreen to remove yourself from the hit lists of insurance and credit-card services, two of the largest sources of junk mail. If a particular corporate culprit is harassing you with unprovoked offers, call the company directly and politely request that they knock it off. But the biggest step you can take is to add your name to "Do Not Mail" lists via the Mail Preference Service.

Tip #2: Recycle It

Tip #3: Escape the System

Tip #4: Make it Law

Tell us: How successfully do you avoid junk mail?

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