Junk Mail Reduction Guide

 

Each time you order something by mail or telephone, subscribe to a publication, enter a sweepstakes or donate to a charity, chances are your name will be added to a mailing list.  If you wish to reduce junk mail, you need to keep your name off mailing lists so that it won't be traded, rented, or sold.

Any time you invest in reducing the amount of junk mail you receive is time well spent.  To help you with this challenge, the City of Mesa Solid Waste Management Department wants to give you some simple steps to prevent and reduce waste.  You can do a little or a lot to reduce the volume of junk mail you receive.

 

6 Ways to Reduce Your Junk Mail

Coupons, Ads and Product Samples

If you do not want to receive packets of ads and coupons, request that your address be removed from the mailing lists of the following companies:

ADVO
Consumer Assistance
P.O. Box 249
Windsor, CT 06095
ADVO Online Removal Request  
Carol Wright Gifts
Customer Service
P.O. Box 7823
Edison, NJ 08818-7823

Harte Hanks Direct Marketing

4545 Annapolis Road
Baltimore, MD 21277
Email removal request to: contactus@harte-hanks.com

Val-Pak Direct Marketing Systems

8605 Largo Lakes Drive
Largo, FL 33773
Val-Pak Online Removal Request

DirectMail.com

DirectMail.com National Do Not Mail List
 

 

Catalogs

Many businesses and organizations subscribe to the Direct Marketing Association to market goods and services to consumers via direct mail.  Write and ask that your name and address be placed on a "delete file" through their Mail Preference Service.  Be sure to include your name and address in each variation as it appears on the mail (i.e.- "Mr. John Doe", "J.M. Doe", "J. Doe", etc.)  This will remove your name from most --but not all-- mailing lists.  Be patient!  It may take three months or more for your request to take effect.  Once you are on their "delete file", you will remain there for five years.

Mail Preference Service
c/o Direct Marketing Association
P.O. Box 9008
Farmingdale, New York 11735

In addition, another quick and easy way to stop delivery is to call each catalog's 800 number and request that your name be taken off their list.  If you prefer, you can also write the catalog company.  Be sure to include the mailing label from the catalog, or copy your address information and any customer codes from the label exactly as they appear.

 

Credit Cards

If you would like to reduce credit card or other financial offers, you should call or write to the customer service office for each credit card you own.  Ask them not to sell, trade or lend your name and address to any organization for mailing purposes.

Credit bureaus may also sell your name, address and credit history to potential lenders, banks, and credit card companies.  You can write to the following credit bureaus and ask to be removed from their direct marketing lists:

Equifax Options
Equifax Marketing Decisions Systems
P.O. Box 740123
Atlanta, GA 30374-0123
Trans Union
Corporate Name Removal Option
555 West Adams St., 8th Floor
Chicago, IL 60661
Opt-Out Service
P.O. Box 919
Allen, TX 75013
1-800-353-0809
 

 

Brokers

Brokers are in the business of selling mailing lists to businesses and organizations.  Write to all of them and request that your name be removed from all of their mailing and telemarketing lists.

Metromail Corporation
List Maintenance
949 West Bond
Lincoln, NE 68521
(402) 475-4591
Donnelly Marketing, Inc.
Name Suppression Service infoUSA Inc.
P.O. Box 3502
Nevada, IA 50010
Database America
Compilation Dept.
100 Paragon Dr.
Montvale, NJ 07645

 

Return to Sender

Some junk mail may be stamped with "Return Postage Guaranteed".  If this is the case, you can return it unopened by writing on the envelope "refused-return to sender".  Be sure to include this message or the Post Office will not return the mail.

 

Contributions

For requests from charitable contributions to which you are not interested in contributing, open the envelope, retain the return envelope, put a message on your address label that says "please remove my name from your mailing list", and insert it in the postage-paid envelope.

 

 

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Solid Waste Management Department

Customer Service
(480) 644-2221

Department Managers

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211

Walk-in service requests/payments:
55 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201

6935 E. Decatur St.
Mesa, AZ 85207

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday
7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Fridays & holidays

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