Got Junk Mail?

by Lois Etienne on March 19, 2012

in Alzheimer's and Dementia,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Do you hate junk mail? Is it taking over your counters? Now go visit your mom and see if the junk mail is cluttering up her countertops also? You don’t even have to be a hoarder to be overwhelmed with junk mail. Here are some interesting facts:

  • 5.6 million tons of catalogs and other direct mail advertisements end up in U.S. landfills annually.
  • The average American household receives unsolicited junk mail equal to 1.5 trees every year—more than 100 million trees for all U.S. households combined.
  • 44 percent of junk mail is thrown away unopened, but only half that much junk mail (22 percent) is recycled.
  • Americans pay $370 million annually to dispose of junk mail that doesn’t get recycled.
  • On average, Americans spend 8 months opening junk mail in the course of their lives.

There are resources to help. One option is to use the Stop the Junk Mail Kit developed by the Consumer Research Institute. A variety of other websites, such as and, provide further assistance or guidelines for reducing junk mail and other intrusions, from unwanted e-mail (spam) to telemarketing calls. Some of these services are free while others charge an annual fee.

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Sarah Chatterton March 19, 2012 at 11:01 am

All those poor trees, they look so much better standing proudly in a forest then on the kitchen counter. I save up my junkmail and use it to start my fireplace in the winter time. Looks like I will only have to do that a few more times before Spring is upon us!


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