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MSU Sustainability

Guide to Reducing Junk Mail
Last Updated: 12/07/2008

1. Sign up with the Direct Marketing Association (
The DMA represents roughly 80% of the direct marketers in the US and will let you opt-out for three years at a time.

2. Opt-out of prescreened financial junk mail (
The site offers you the ability to opt-out of receiving pre-approved and prescreened offers from Equifax, Experian, Innovis, and TransUnion. A "permanent" opt-out option is even offered.

3. Directly contact the organization behind a direct mail item To request removal from their mailing list:

4. Return mail for past employees to the post office
Often mailings will be stamped with "Return Service Requested." Returning the items allows the organizations to update or remove the address from their lists. Contacting the organization directly as in "option 3" can be used as well.

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Initial proposal for this guide provided by Andre Champieux-Miller.