Junk Your Junk Mail
Fahzy Abdul-Rahman
Family Resource Management (FRM) Specialist
2014 Extension In-Service
January 6, 20...
Introduction
• Goals: To discuss steps to prevent and to
reduce the amount of unwanted junk mail in
your mailbox
• Based o...
Mere Recycling
• Environmental friendly, green movement
– Mere recycle?
• “Recycle”: A buzzword for an environmentally
fri...
Reduce-Reuse-Recycle (Pub. G-314)
• REDUCE
– Buy only what you need because
a better way to reduce waste is
by not creatin...
Introduction: Junk Your Junkmail
• In her book Living Green, Nancy Conner
(2009) points out that companies mail out
more t...
So, ideally …
…. sorry folks, I am not the Clothing Specialist
STEP 1: Prevent Junk Mails
• Choosing to be unlisted in phone directories
• Avoiding sweepstakes or contests that require
...
When was the last time you
used a phonebook?
• The white pages alone cost 5 million
trees a year. They generated 650,000
t...
STEP 2: Stop Unwanted Mail
• DMAchoice: Signing up with DMAchoice places you on
a “delete” list from many national compani...
STEP 2:
Stop Unwanted Mail
• Catalogs: You can request to not receive
catalogs, phone books, directories, and other
junk m...
Note
• If you decide to write, sample letters and
postcards are available in Pub. G107
• Taking these measures may not sol...
App
• PaperKarma: This mobile app stops junk mail
• Info needed: your address and email
• Free for iPhone, Android, and Wi...
Other Issues
• Opting to get bills, pay bills, and obtain statements
online
– … or automatize from bank.
• E-mail: Junk fo...
Junk Your Junk Mail
Fahzy Abdul-Rahman
Family Resource Management (FRM) Specialist
2014 Extension In-Service
January 6, 20...
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Goals: To discuss steps to prevent and to reduce the amount of unwanted junk mail in your mailbox
Based on FRM publications:
1. Junk Your Junk Mail, Guide G-107 http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_g/G107/welcome.html
2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Alternatives for Waste Management, Guide G-314 http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_g/G314/welcome.html

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Junk Your Junk Mail

  1. 1. Junk Your Junk Mail Fahzy Abdul-Rahman Family Resource Management (FRM) Specialist 2014 Extension In-Service January 6, 2014
  2. 2. Introduction • Goals: To discuss steps to prevent and to reduce the amount of unwanted junk mail in your mailbox • Based on FRM publications: – Junk Your Junk Mail, Guide G-107 – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Alternatives for Waste Management, Guide G-314 (in print)
  3. 3. Mere Recycling • Environmental friendly, green movement – Mere recycle? • “Recycle”: A buzzword for an environmentally friendly way to manage waste • Each year we use: • 25 billion plastic containers • 30 billion bottles & jars • 65 billion aluminum cans • 100 billion pounds of paper
  4. 4. Reduce-Reuse-Recycle (Pub. G-314) • REDUCE – Buy only what you need because a better way to reduce waste is by not creating it – If we never generate products in the first place, we do not have to extract raw resources, manufacture goods from scratch, come up with shipping materials, and then devise ways to dispose of them. – 1/3 of all garbage is packaging. • REUSE – If you have to acquire goods, try getting used ones or obtaining substitutes. – Many things can be reused before you throw them out. – E.g. Put leftovers in resealable containers instead of using wraps and foil , use old clothes as rags for cleaning, and have a garage sale or donate clothes, books or toys that you don't use anymore • RECYCLE – When discarding your waste, find possible ways to recycle it instead of letting it go to landfill
  5. 5. Introduction: Junk Your Junkmail • In her book Living Green, Nancy Conner (2009) points out that companies mail out more than 100 billion pieces of junk mail every year using paper from – 100 million trees, – 28 billion gallons of water, and – enough energy to produce more than 9 million cars.
  6. 6. So, ideally … …. sorry folks, I am not the Clothing Specialist
  7. 7. STEP 1: Prevent Junk Mails • Choosing to be unlisted in phone directories • Avoiding sweepstakes or contests that require your personal information on the forms, • Not submitting product warranty information via mail or online [?] • Asking organizations that you deal with (e.g., for business, volunteering, affiliation, and donation purposes) to not share your information with other parties
  8. 8. When was the last time you used a phonebook? • The white pages alone cost 5 million trees a year. They generated 650,000 tons of waste in 2009 (EPA, 2010). You can opt out of phone book delivery by registering your address at sites like www.yellowpagesoptout.com. • Vs. Online directory & search – Outdated when printed, reviews, ratings, faster search
  9. 9. STEP 2: Stop Unwanted Mail • DMAchoice: Signing up with DMAchoice places you on a “delete” list from many national companies for five years. To register with DMA's Mail Preference Service, go to www.dmachoice.org or mail your request with a $1 processing fee to: – DMAchoice, Direct Marketing Association (DMA), P.O. Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512 – Deceased: www.DMAchoice.org also provides the option to place a deceased person on the Deceased Do Not Contact List • Prescreened offers of credit and insurance: You may opt out of getting any of these offers for five years or permanently by calling 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567- 8688) or going to www.optoutprescreen.com
  10. 10. STEP 2: Stop Unwanted Mail • Catalogs: You can request to not receive catalogs, phone books, directories, and other junk mail via www.catalogchoice.org – You may need to enter “Account or Customer Number” and/or “Key or Source Code” to ensure or speed up the cancellation process. – These numbers are usually printed around your address on the mailed materials. • Yellow Pages Opt-Out: www.catalogchoice.org
  11. 11. Note • If you decide to write, sample letters and postcards are available in Pub. G107 • Taking these measures may not solve all of your junk mail problems – Not all businesses do belong to DMAchoice, and – Local organizations may not receive notice to take your name off of their lists.
  12. 12. App • PaperKarma: This mobile app stops junk mail • Info needed: your address and email • Free for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone 7 • Snap Pictures
  13. 13. Other Issues • Opting to get bills, pay bills, and obtain statements online – … or automatize from bank. • E-mail: Junk folder, unsubscribe – talk to your IT personnel • National Do Not Call Registry • Robocall: This refers to recorded phone messages that may require you to press numbers. The simplest thing to do is to hang up. – You may report robocalls to the Federal Trade Commission online (www.ftc.gov/complaint) or over the phone (1-888- 382-1222). – http://www.nomorobo.com/
  14. 14. Junk Your Junk Mail Fahzy Abdul-Rahman Family Resource Management (FRM) Specialist 2014 Extension In-Service January 6, 2014

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