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Junk Mail

Junk Mail
Junk Mail coming through letter box

Unwanted mail amounts to around 3% of all household waste.  We all know the frustrations of returning home to a doorstep strewn with unwanted flyers and promotional leaflets, which go straight into the black box. There are a number of organisations you can contact to reduce the extent of this problem: -

1) The Mailing Preference Service

This is a free service to remove the registered person’s name from up to 95% of direct mail lists. Each individual living at the household needs to register and your registration will need to be renewed every 5 years.

Mailing Preference Service, Freepost 29, Lon20771, London, W1E 0ZT

Tel 0845 703 4599 or register online Mailing Preference Service

2) Royal Mail Opt out

The Royal Mail provides a commercial door-to-door delivery service which is often used by organisations to send unaddressed mail, leaflets, etc. If you write to notify the Royal Mail that you do not wish to receive this service, you can be removed from the distribution list.

The address to write to is: Freepost RRBT-ZBXB-TTTS, Royal Mail Door to Door Opt Outs

Kingsmead House, Oxpens Road, Oxford, OX1 1RX

Or you can email optout@royalmail.com

3) Write to companies

The actions detailed above will have no effect on direct mail sent to you by organisations with which you are an existing customer, or have previously been a customer. The only alternative is to contact the individual company or charity directly. An example letter is provided for download at the bottom of the page.

4) Further advice

Local authorities provide a check box on the electoral registration form offering the option to be excluded from the edited version of the Register of Electors that is sold to marketing companies

5) The Bereavement Register

The Bereavement Register is a service specifically designed to remove the names and addresses of people who have died from databases and mailing files (call 0870 6007222).

6) Door stickers

Stickers displaying a message such as ‘No free newspapers, flyers or junk mail’ can be applied to your letterbox.

7) Office of the Information Commissioner

If you are continually sent junk mail after asking a company not to, you can ask the Information Commissioner to investigate your case under the 1998 Data Protection Act. Call 01625 545 745 or write to:

Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF