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Cut Junk Mail – Save the Planet

The average American gets 560 pieces of junk mail a year and each household receives unsolicited junk mail equivalent to 1.5 trees every year (or more than 100 million trees for all US households combined).  Americans pay $370 million annual to dispose of junk mail that isn’t recycled.    On average, Americans spend 8 months opening junk mail in the course of their lives.  But you can reduce the amount of annoying junk mail you get very year and help the environment and save energy.  Start by registering your name with the DMA Choice (https://www.dmachoice.org/dma/member/regist.action) of the Direct Marketing Association.  This is similar to the “do not call” list established by the Federal Government.  DMA will list you in its database in the “Do not mail” category.  You can also go to www.optoutprescreen.com which removes your name from the lists that mortgage, credit card and insurance companies use to mail offers.  It’s a centralized website run by the major credit bureaus in the United States.