Junk Mail Reduction Guide
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:
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.
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
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 Marketing Decisions Systems
P.O. Box 740123
Atlanta, GA 30374-0123
Corporate Name Removal Option
555 West Adams St., 8th Floor
Chicago, IL 60661
P.O. Box 919
Allen, TX 75013
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
949 West Bond
Lincoln, NE 68521
|Donnelly Marketing, Inc.
Name Suppression Service infoUSA Inc.
P.O. Box 3502
Nevada, IA 50010
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
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.
Solid Waste Management Department
Mesa, AZ 85211
Walk-in service requests/payments:
55 N. Center St.
6935 E. Decatur St.
Mesa, AZ 85207
7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fridays & holidays
Missed barrel notification
Barrel collection schedule
Barrel or service requests
All other service requests should be directed to
Charlie the Recycling Chimp school
Email us (General Questions)