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Just Say No! To Junk Mail: Tips To Reduce the Mound in Your Mailbox

Charlotte, NC – As citizens scramble to add their name to the nationwide "Do Not Call" list for telemarketers, there is another hassle that can be easily avoided – junk mail.  Not only does junk mail fill up your mailbox, it takes up valuable space in Mecklenburg County's landfills. 

Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Management encourages citizens to take steps to reduce the amount of junk mail they receive, thus reducing waste, preserving the environment and saving taxpayer dollars.  Those steps include:

· Direct marketing lists.  If you subscribe to a magazine or catalogue, chances are good that the company has sold your name and address to a direct marketing company.  Publishers and mail-order sales companies make money by selling these lists of names and addresses.  To remove your name from many of these lists, write:
Direct Marketing Association
Mail Preference Service
P.O. Box 9008
Farmingdale, NY 11735

· Major credit bureaus.   You can also contact the major credit bureaus – Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – to request that your personal information not be shared with others or used for promotional purposes.  Call 1-888-567-8688 to opt out of all three credit bureaus.

· Telephone books. If you are listed in the White Pages of the telephone book, your name, address and phone number are public record. Mailing list companies collect this information and sell it to mail order companies and marketing firms. Consider an unlisted number or request that the telephone company publish your name and number, omitting your address.

There are many other strategies citizens can employ to reduce the flow of junk mail.  For more information, call Mecklenburg County Solid Waste Management at 704-336-5359 or check the Web site and click on "residential waste reduction."

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