No more junk mail

No junk mailI’ve gone cold turkey on junk mail. The sticker went on last weekend, and there’s been nothing since.

Of all the junk mail I used to get (the record being a phenominal 28 pieces in a single day, but more typical being 100 per month), I would only read a fraction of it: usually I’d flick through the big department stores’ catalogues and anything geeky (ooh, Dick Smith Powerhouse…). If only you could nominate what you wanted.

Everything else would go straight into the recycling. It’s a waste. So in the spirit of reduce, reuse, recycle, no more junk mail for me. As it happens, the department stores put their catalogues online anyway, so I can go looking if I still want to read them. But realistically, I’ll probably find better things to do with my time.

PS Monday. If anybody’s wondering, yes the local newspaper still gets delivered to me. Which suits me fine.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

8 replies on “No more junk mail”

Do they actually print less cause of these signs – or do the kids that deliver them just chuck more out themselves?

I got sick of being inundated with junk on a very frequent basis, so I put the sticker on about a year ago. Best thing I ever did. At least now I know that anything in the mailbox has a better chance of actually being relevant to me.

Now if I could just stop the damn pre-populated CC applications from Sh1ty-bank and ANZ……

Adam, I never see kids delivering them anymore…

I think if I were the only person in the universe with a No Junk Mail sticker, it probably wouldn’t result in any less brochures being printed. But a lot of people now refuse junk mail, so you’d have to assume that any company printing them would be taking that into account when estimating how many they need to distribute.

Unfortunately, I know what happens to the extra junk mail. They deliver at least two of each of them to me.

I usually find a neat pile of it on the letterboxes of the whole flat, so it’s a case of take it or leave it. Most of it does end up in the right bin, but I have now made the effort to keep the take-away menus to avoid previous problems I’ve had with guests and insufficient supplies.

strangely, politicians regard their printed musings as ‘not junk’ and persist in ignoring my no junk mail sign.

Local papers etc are explicitly permitted by the Junk Mail rules.

When my brother was renovating, the deliverer ignored the sign if there was a hardware catalogue. It suited said brother!

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