'Tis The Season For Junk Mail

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

Now that holiday shopping is in full swing your mailboxes will be stuffed with even more sales ads, catalogs, and credit card applications.
This is what most of us refer to as "junk mail", the mail we don't want, but don't know how to get rid of.

"It's annoying," said one post office patron.

"What do we do with it? Trash it," explained another patron.

"Throw it in the garbage," added another post office patron.

One man's junk, is another man's treasure.

"I checked with Webster and junk is something that is unwanted or discarded," explained Ray Lackey, Bowling Green, Post Office Post Master.

"About 51% of mail that comes through, letter size and flats are bulk business mail," stated Lackey.

Bulk business mail is the correct term.

Ray Lackey says, this holiday season, The United States Post Office will make about $58 (m), nearly half of that revenue will come from bulk business mail.

"I do enjoy getting different types of mail but for me I like to use items to save money like coupons," stated Lackey.

Ray, like you, doesn't enjoy getting all types of bulk business mail, he recycles a lot of it.

"Do you wish there was a way you could get rid of it? That's right," said a post office patron.

Junk mail haters are in luck, Ray says one way to is to stop applying for things because your name is given to everyone.

If you still can't help yourself, all you have to do is send it back.

"They tear the item off and say please do not send that to me and the stick it in the envelope, the return business reply envelope and the customer pays $.78 to get it back," stated Lackey.

That's an expense that's annoying to all businesses.

There are actually 10 official ways to have junk mail and telemarketers stopped, such as, the national do not call registry, opt outs, and credit freezes.

For 10 ways you can avoid junk mail and telemarketers clickhere

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