David Saks: Junk Mail : God Help Us !

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Junk Mail : God Help Us !


Here are twenty reason to eliminate junk mail. Works for me ! How about you ?

1. The benefit of reducing negative environmental impact is nearly incalculable.

2. Labor costs would be reduced.

3. Excessive and uncompromising storage requirements would be eliminated from bulk.

4. Trash collections would be lighter on community sanitation efforts

5. Landfills less overflowing.

6. Keep trees in the forest. More than 100 million trees are destroyed each year to produce junk mail. 42% of timber harvested nationwide becomes pulpwood for paper.

7. Reduce global warming. The world's temperate forests absorb 2 billion tons of carbon annually. Creating and shipping junk mail produces more greenhouse gas emissions than 2.8 million cars.

8. Save water. About 28 billion gallons of water are wasted to produce and recycle junk each year.

9. Save time. You waste about 70 hours a year dealing with junk mail.

10. The pulp and paper industry is the single largest consumer of water used in industrial activities in developed countries, and it's the third-largest industrial greenhouse gas emitter (after the chemical and steel industries).

11. The average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year (about 560 pieces). 44% goes to the landfill unopened.

12. On average, we receive 10.8 pieces of junk mail a week, compared to only 1.5 personal letters.

13. More than 62 billion pieces (4 million tons) of junk mail are produced each year.

14. The majority of household waste consists of junk mail.

15. 40% of the solid mass that makes up our landfills is paper and paperboard waste.

16. Junk mail inks have high concentrations of heavy metals, making the paper difficult to recycle.

17. $320 million of local taxes are used to dispose of junk mail each year.

18. California's state and local governments spend $500,000 a year collecting and disposing of AOL's direct mail disks alone.

19. Transporting junk mail costs $550 million a year.

20. Lists of names and addresses used in bulk mailings reside in mass data-collection networks. Your name is typically worth 3 to 20 cents each time it is sold.

Want to add anything to the list ?

David Saks

Time&Temp Memphis

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Comment balloon 6 commentsDavid Saks • May 25 2008 06:49PM


between all the junk mail, and juk email, who knows how much time I lose sifting through them...

Posted by Konnie Mac McCarthy, Broker/Owner - VA & MD "Time To Get A Move On!" (MacNificent Properties, LLC) over 12 years ago

If I got paid even minimum wage for the time I spend sorting and trashing junk mail I could probably retire, Konnie. Thanks for posting, and I hope you have agreat holiday weekend.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 12 years ago

Awesome list, David.

ForestEthics has a campaign for a national Do Not Mail Registry. Sign the petition at donotmail.org.

Here's another stat for you: 30% of all the mail delivered in the world is US junk mail. That is insane!

Why are we receiving nearly a third of the world's mail, when we don't want it and never asked for it?


When you then factor in that deforestation accounts for 20% of global carbon emissions, it's clear that this outdated practice cannot help us meet the challenges of the 21st century.


Posted by Will over 12 years ago

Thanks, Will .We're up to our necks in junk mail.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 12 years ago

I was way too busy to deal with all the junk mail I was receiving, all the shredding of Credit card offers, sifting through it to remove personal information and just to see if bills were stuffed in between the weekly mailers.  I signed up for a membership with <a href=http://www.myjunktree.com>Myjunktree</a>.  It was the best thing I ever did.  It was quick and easy to stop all that junk coming to my mailbox.  I flat do not get credit card offers anymore and this used to be a daily occurrence.  As catalogs came in I stopped them with a simple click of a button.  It was great.  I do not recycle as much anymore, but I don't have to.  I almost look forward to going to teh mailbox.  I wish it was this easy to stop teh bills from coming in.

Posted by Garetjax over 12 years ago

Thanks for the link, Garetjax, and for the comment, too. Good to hear from you.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) over 12 years ago

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