You know what really annoys me? Junk mail.
“Me too!” echoes a chorus of everyone, ever.
Before I get into some tree-hugging rant I’ll just throw a possible solution at you: www.dmachoice.org, www.catalogchoice.org, and OptOutPrescreen.com. Go to these sites, sign up, and choose which types of direct mailing you do and done want to receive. It’s similar to the National Do Not Call Registry but for direct mail, and about as effective (take that as you will). In other words it will help, but it probably won’t totally eliminate your junk mail.
Now, back to my rant.
What’s an environmentally-conscious geek to do about junk mail? Most single-stream recycling programs will take junk mail or shredded paper, and if you don’t have that option rural farmers love it because it makes great animal bedding. I know of several farms within a few miles of my town that have shacks along the road for people to drop off bags of such material.
But forget about all of that, because you’re smart and you remember your Three R’s and know that it’s always better to reduce than it is to reuse or recycle. If the junk mail is never printed and sent in the first place, the environmental impact of it’s production, transport, and inevitable disposal never has to happen. Plus you don’t have to figure out what to do with it, which is kind of the point here.
So check out the sites I mentioned above, and post below to let others know how they worked for you!