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16th November 2018

Junk Mail

Types of junk mail and how to stop it

Types of junk mail

There are two types of ‘junk’ mail. These are:

  1. Addressed mail. This is mail addressed to you personally. 
  2. Unaddressed mail. This is mail which is addressed to the occupier or is a leaflet.

How to stop addressed mail you don’t want

What to do:

  • Register with the Mailing Preference Service. This removes your name from mailing lists, and helps you stop receiving advertising material that is personally addressed to you. It can take up to four months for the register to take effect. 
  • Contact your local electoral registration office, and ask them to take your details off the ‘open’ register. The open register is a list of people’s names and address which can be bought by companies looking to mail advertisements and promotions.
  • Register with the Fundraising Preference Service. This will stop marketing mail from a charity registered in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
  • If the unwanted mail that you have received has a return address on the envelope, you can write ‘unsolicited mail, return to sender’ on the envelope and pop it back in the post. No stamp is required.

How to stop unaddressed mail you don’t want

  • Register with the Direct Marketing Association’s ‘Your Choice’ scheme
  • Contact Royal Mail to stop unaddressed mail
  • Register with the Fundraising Preference Service. This will stop marketing mail from a charity registered in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • Put up a sign on or near your letter box stating “no junk mail”.
  • If the item is addressed to the occupier with your address, write ‘unsolicited mail, return to sender’ on the envelope and pop it back in the post. No stamp is required.

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