Reduce: Junk mail

You can help to reduce rubbish going to landfill, and save yourself the annoyance of junk or unwanted mail in three easy steps.

Addressed junk mail
Un-addressed junk mail
Local junk mail

Junk mail1. For addressed junk mail

To stop addressed junk mail, register online with the Mailing Preference Service. By registering your name and address, you will gradually receive less addressed junk mail. The entire process takes up to 4 months to start. Your details remain on their register until you inform them of any required changes.  Please note you no longer need to re-register every 5 years.

You will still receive mail from companies that you have done business with or contacted in the past for instance catalogue companies.

All members of a household with the same surname are covered.

For more information about the mailing service or to register:
• 0845 703 4599

Mailing Preference Service

2. For un-addressed junk mail

Much of the junk mail that people receive is posted out on a regional basis to every household. Contact the Royal Mail Door to Door service, giving your name and full address, you will stop receiving some un-addressed junk mail. This can take up to 6 weeks. By using this service, as well as stopping the delivery of unaddressed advertising material delivered by Royal Mail, you will also stop unaddressed deliveries sent in this way by your local councils, which may contain information of interest and use to you.

For more information about the Royal Mail Door to Door Service or to register:

Door to Door Customer Services
Royal Mail Door to Door Opt Outs
Kingsmead House
Oxpens Road

Register with Direct Marketing Association.

The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) is the trade body for the direct marketing industry.  You can exercise ‘Your Choice’ to ask distribution companies that are members of the DMA to stop the delivery of unaddressed mail to your home.

For more information about ‘Your Choice’ or to register:
• 020 7291 3300

Your Choice Preference Scheme
Direct Marketing Association (UK) Ltd
DMA House
70 Margaret Street

3. For local junk mail

Finally, you may wish to put up a ‘No Free Newspapers or Junk Mail’ notice on the door of your home. This should stop unwanted leaflets like takeaway menus and other promotional materials. It is up to you! You can stop all or some of the junk mail that comes through your letterbox – it depends on your needs.

About Junk Mail:

• 550,000 tonnes of junk mail is generated in the UK every year.
• The average household receives 224 pieces of junk mail every year.
• 6 trees are used to produce 1 tonne of junk mail.
• That means that every year 3,300,000 trees are cut down to produce 550,000 tonnes of junk mail.
• Most of the junk mail that is delivered ends up in landfill sites instead of being recycled.
• Don’t forget, if you do receive junk mail, it can be recycled through your kerbside recycling box or at local recycling banks.

Landlords and Letting Agents:

You or your tenants may be annoyed by the accumulating volume of mail for previous occupiers. Our leaflet Moving home? Cut out junk mail (PDF 1MB) summarises simple services which your tenants can use to reduce this. It covers services which are useful when tenants move in (cut unwanted mail) and move out (mail redirection).