Reducing Junk Mail is good for everyone! We estimate that more than half the campus' incoming US Mail consists of bulk rate advertising mail. While some of it is useful, much of it is what is commonly called "junk mail." It fills up our campus boxes, causes additional labor demands on mail services, frustration for our campus recipients, and then fills up our recycling bins, or worse, our trash bins.
According to CNAD, a nonprofit group that helps people consume responsibly:
- 5.6 million tons of catalogs and other direct mail advertisements end up in U.S. landfills annually.
- The average American household receives unsolicited junk mail equal to 1.5 trees every year—more than 100 million trees for all U.S. households combined.
- 44 percent of junk mail is thrown away unopened, but only half that much junk mail (22 percent) is recycled.
- Americans pay $370 million annually to dispose of junk mail that doesn't get recycled.
- On average, Americans spend 8 months opening junk mail in the course of their lives.
Because it is nearly impossible for Campus Mail Services to determine whether mail is junk or not, all mail is delivered to the campus departments. The individual recipient is in the best position to do something to reduce junk mail.
What can you do to reduce junk mail? While no action will reduce junk mail 100%, some actions may help.
- When you receive an unwanted catalog or other item, remove the mailing label and fax it back to the vendor with a request to remove you from their mailing list.
- When you have the option of receiving an electronic version of a newsletter, choose to do so.
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