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How to Stop USPS Junk Mail
eHow.com ^ | not specified | Shelly Schumacher

Posted on 05/17/2010 11:31:20 AM PDT by Patriot777

How to Stop USPS Junk Mail By Shelly Schumacher, eHow Contributing Writer The average American receives 41 pounds of junk mail per year. Not only does junk mail clog up our mailboxes, it also wreaks havoc on the environment. Nearly half of the junk mail received annually (44 percent) ends up in a landfill. In addition, nearly $320 million in local tax money is used to dispose of junk mail, and more than 100 million trees are used to create pulpwood for paper products. While the United States Postal Service does not have a one-stop method for reducing junk mail, there are many ways to reduce the amount you receive:InstructionsThings You'll Need: Telephone Computer with Internet connection Pen and paper Postage Step 1Black out the bar code and address on all junk mail that is delivered using first class postage. Put a circle around the postage and write "Not accepted: return to sender." This can be put in any mail box, and it will be returned to the business that sent it.

Step 2Request a 1500 form from the U.S. Postal Service to stop the delivery of sexually explicit material.

Step 3Call 1-800-5 OPT OUT to stop mail generated from the three major credit reporting agencies. This will stop the majority of credit card offers.

(Excerpt) Read more at ehow.com ...


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: junkmail; mail; nonprofit; standard; usps
Let's face it---junk mail is just that: Junk Mail. Let's stop the menace.
1 posted on 05/17/2010 11:31:20 AM PDT by Patriot777
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To: Patriot777

The USPS doesn’t want it to stop, otherwise they would loose a major source of income.


2 posted on 05/17/2010 11:35:23 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( - Free Men will always be armed with the Truth. -)
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To: Patriot777

Good grief! LOL ... with all the rest of what is going on in this country ... I don’t put “junk mail” as too high a priority right now ... :-)


3 posted on 05/17/2010 11:35:43 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: Patriot777

Junk mail is what is keeping the US PO afloat. I use junk mail to light my fires at night. I keep it all summer and make fuel out of it in the winter.


4 posted on 05/17/2010 11:36:28 AM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: Patriot777

Or you could do what I do—place a trash can next to the mail box and take 10 seconds to sort the mail.


5 posted on 05/17/2010 11:36:41 AM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: Patriot777

Get rid of bulk mail rates, get rid of junk mail. But that would also gut the finances of the U.S. Postal Service.

Hmmmm, two birds with one stone.


6 posted on 05/17/2010 11:37:19 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Larry Lucido; Cagey; MotleyGirl70; Gamecock

Postal Employee: "May I help you?"

Kramer: "Yeah, I'd like to cancel my mail."

Postal Employee: "Certainly. How long would you like us to hold it?"

Kramer: "Oh, no, no. I don't think you get me. I want out, permanently."

Newman: "I'll handle this, Violet. Why don't you take your three hour break? Oh, calm down, everyone. No one's canceling any mail."

Kramer: "Oh, yes, I am."

Newman: "What about your bills?"

Kramer: "The bank can pay 'em."

Newman: "The bank. What about your cards and letters?"

Kramer: "E-mail, telephones, fax machines. Fedex, telex, telegrams, holograms."

Newman: "All right, it 's true! Of course nobody needs mail. What do youthink, you're so clever for figuring that out? But you don't know the half of what goes on here. So just walk away, Kramer. I beg of you."

Supervisor: "Is everything all right here, Postal Employee Newman?"

7 posted on 05/17/2010 11:37:33 AM PDT by earlJam
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To: Patriot777

Are you willing to have your postal rates increase to have junk mail stopped?

I get as irritated by it as you do. But each time I look at it I realize it helps pay the way for all other postage.


8 posted on 05/17/2010 11:38:17 AM PDT by gunsequalfreedom
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To: Patriot777
Nearly half of the junk mail received annually (44 percent) ends up in a landfill.

I've heard that it takes 10,000 years for a piece of paper to decompose in a landfill. ;)

9 posted on 05/17/2010 11:40:45 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: mountainlion
I use junk mail to light my fires at night. I keep it all summer and make fuel out of it in the winter.

Me too.

10 posted on 05/17/2010 11:42:11 AM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Patriot777

I open it Stuff it full of whatever is handy paper, Gospel tracts, other junk mail make it real heavy and return it and they have to pay extra postage.Learned that years ago right here on FR.


11 posted on 05/17/2010 11:42:23 AM PDT by easternsky
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To: ClearCase_guy

You’re thinking of styrofoam. Even the glossy stuff will decompose into ordinary cellulose inside a month if it’s wet, at which point bacteria will chew it up.


12 posted on 05/17/2010 11:44:39 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Patriot777

“Nearly half of the junk mail received annually (44 percent) ends up in a landfill.”

OK, where does the rest wind up? Gotta be a pretty big pile somewhere.


13 posted on 05/17/2010 11:45:08 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: Little Pig

Hey, I added a ;) to my comment!

Seriously, the greenies seem to think that all human acts automatically cause irreversible damage to the environment. They need to get over themselves.


14 posted on 05/17/2010 11:46:20 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Star Traveler
I don’t put “junk mail” as too high a priority right now

I figure after the SHTF we can use it to heat our homes. Neither rain nor sleet nor even socialist totalitarian takeover will stop the postman from dumping JCPenny catalogs and TrueGreen adds in my mail box.
15 posted on 05/17/2010 11:47:53 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Here in Maine, they burn trash in two large facilities....one in northern Maine and one in southern Maine.....in order to generate electricity.

PERC.....Penobscot Energy Recovery Corporation, Orrington, Maine (nothern Maine)

MERC.....Maine Energy Recovery Corporation, Biddeford, Maine
(southern Maine)

Alot of newspaper, cardboard, aluminum cans, bottles, etc. are also recycled throughout the state.


16 posted on 05/17/2010 11:49:47 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I'm voting for Sarah Palin because she pisses off the right people.)
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To: Patriot777
...nearly $320 million in local tax money is used to dispose of junk mail...

I wonder where that figure came from...

17 posted on 05/17/2010 11:49:53 AM PDT by TankerKC (R.I.P. Spc Trevor A. Win'E American Hero)
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To: Patriot777
Open up all of your junk mail and look for toll free phone numbers. Use those numbers to call them often, preferably from pay phones.

(Can you still make toll free calls for free from pay phones and stick the person you called with the extra surcharge? You used to be able too, but it has been three years since I used a pay phone and that was just to call my cell phone company about a lost phone)

18 posted on 05/17/2010 11:49:54 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (I am so immune to satire that I ate three Irish children after reading Swift's "A Modest Proposal")
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To: Patriot777

USPS says the junk mail keeps postal rates lower because junk mail is low cost to deliver and the income it generates creates a steady revenue base. If junk mail were to halt, postal rates would have to spike in order for the USPS to make budget


19 posted on 05/17/2010 11:53:06 AM PDT by KTM rider ( ..........tell me this really isn't happening ! !)
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To: earlJam

“When you control the mail, you control...information!”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg_4z2adv6Q


20 posted on 05/17/2010 11:54:04 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (DOH!!!!)
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To: Patriot777

I stop my junk mail by sending writing on the piece of paper that has my name on “Please remove me from your mailing list.” I place it in the postage-paid return envelope or spend the money and put it in my own envelope and send it back. It works about 99 percent of the time.


21 posted on 05/17/2010 11:56:28 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (DOH!!!!)
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To: mountainlion

yep and junk mail is good for bizzness and I am pro bizzness !....keep it coming, cant wait for my next northern toll or Bass Pro Sporting goods catalog


22 posted on 05/17/2010 11:56:34 AM PDT by KTM rider ( ..........tell me this really isn't happening ! !)
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To: randog
I donate mine to a local school along with newspapers and magazines, they get paid by the pound for the paper I put in a bin outside the school once a month. Here is a bin locator if anyone is interested:

Paper Retriever: Areas We Serve

23 posted on 05/17/2010 12:02:32 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: TankerKC; SpinnerWebb
...nearly $320 million in local tax money is used to dispose of junk mail...

I wonder where that figure came from...

All such unsourced factoids are provided by Jonh Flemmings ...

24 posted on 05/17/2010 12:07:44 PM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

RAISE bulk (junk) mail rates and you will make up for the shortfall.

I’m sick of them gouging those sending small packages.


25 posted on 05/17/2010 12:22:22 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: KTM rider
yep and junk mail is good for bizzness and I am pro bizzness !....keep it coming,

And the marketing of your personal information is also "good for bidness", it's how they build their lists and send out credit card applications.

Unfortunately it is HORRIBLE for personal privacy rights (they traffic in socialist security numbers and other data they shouldn't have).

They bought off the legislators decades ago.

26 posted on 05/17/2010 12:24:10 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: KTM rider
postal rates would have to spike in order for the USPS to make budget

They are already talking of dropping 14% of their delivery schedule (dropping Saturday services altogether).

It can't get much worse. They raise the rate EVERY time they are permitted to.

27 posted on 05/17/2010 12:25:56 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: a fool in paradise

“I’m sick of them gouging those sending small packages.”

I agree, the cost of sending a small thing or two is unbelievable.


28 posted on 05/17/2010 12:32:26 PM PDT by Persevero (If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?)
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To: Persevero

And international postage from Canada and England has gotten crazy. It always was high from France and Germany.


29 posted on 05/17/2010 12:37:41 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Throw the bums out in 2010.)
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To: Patriot777

44% of junk mail ends up in the trash? That’s shocking. I mean it’s shocking to know that 56% isn’t thrown away. What happens to it? Do people eat it? Does it get flushed down the toilet?


30 posted on 05/17/2010 12:41:58 PM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: mbynack

They should print junk mail and those monster yellow page books on soft two-ply paper to make them useful.


31 posted on 05/17/2010 1:13:21 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: mbynack

they might do like I do and shred the mess so it makes good packing material or they may just burn it. We have the option of either trash collection or burning our trash where we live. Hey, and guess what? The USPS total junk mail (which includes Standard and Nonprofit) volume is approximately 70% of the total letter mail processed. Then you are left with only 30% of the mail processed being First Class. Of course there are First Class Parcels, Media Mail, Priority Mail and Express Mail, and without that the USPS barely keeps afloat; if Standard and Nonprofit were eliminated or a regulatory bill was passed to allow people to ‘opt-out’, the proverbial sky would fall on them. Don’t forget the huge salaries and bonuses the Postmaster General, the Board and all those ‘other’ high-ranking positions are raking in, even though the USPS is supposed to be a government entity and not to be in competition with other parcel services like UPS and FEDEX.
It’s all a huge mess and it desperately needs cleaning up.


32 posted on 05/17/2010 3:22:18 PM PDT by Patriot777 (Imagine....not having your mailbox clogged with junk mail? SWEET.)
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To: Patriot777
I had an ebay seller leave me negative feedback when I left positive feedback for him but mentioned that the music CD i bought for $0.05 (+5.95 S&H) had a manufacturing defect and track 10 skipped. This A-hole's big red negative feedback is my only ebay feedback blemish... over a $0.05 CD.

So... I took his return address and while in the doctor's office shortly thereafter I pulled out EVERY SINGLE business reply mail insert. Needless to say that jackass got a LOT of magazine subscriptions, embroidered towels, Franklin Mint plates and figurines.

BILL "ME" LATER!

33 posted on 05/17/2010 5:14:50 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

OOOOO, you wicked little thing you! ‘Snail Mail Spam’.


34 posted on 05/18/2010 11:07:34 AM PDT by Patriot777 (Imagine....not having illegal immigrants pouring across our borders any more.)
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To: KTM rider

The USPS is a government entity that is supposed to have a limited budget to allow it to operate and to pay its employees, but it has become a behemoth that is out of control because it has been allowed to exceed its mandate.
In our present administration it won’t be called to account, but if we can get a Republican or Independent majority in the House and Senate, I would imagine it would finally be busted down and brought back under control. It has to at some point, or it’s going to crash just like the economy is going to. It can’t sustain itself like it is now for very much longer, and people simply won’t pay the higher prices for mail and do their correspondence on the internet.


35 posted on 05/18/2010 2:01:38 PM PDT by Patriot777 (Imagine....that we could see Obama being hauled out of the White House kicking and screaming?)
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To: TankerKC

the sky.


36 posted on 05/18/2010 2:02:56 PM PDT by Patriot777 (Imagine....that we could see Obama being hauled out of the White House kicking and screaming?)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

I say let the Postal Service die, it’s going to tank in a very short time anyway.


37 posted on 05/18/2010 2:04:49 PM PDT by Patriot777 (Imagine....that we could see Obama being hauled out of the White House kicking and screaming?)
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To: Patriot777
Another useful item that comes to mind is the good ol' bale of peatmoss... in their pool. I've never done this, but know someone who has when he was a young micreant... he's since graduated to crazygluing locks and putting globs of grease under car doorhandles... Oh a coworker of this guy one time visited the house of the CEO of their company at 2am and sprayed F*** Y** in her lawn with Roundup.

There are definately pranksters out there in the world that you really don't want to upset.

38 posted on 05/18/2010 5:26:12 PM PDT by Rodamala
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