For years my husband and I have been horrified by the amount of the junk mail that we receive. Especially on those all to frequent days when we would retrieve the mail from the mailbox only to dump the entire contents into the recycling bin. We cursed the United States Postal Service (USPS) and numerous marketers for the constant deluge and the blatant disregard for the environment.
All the while we felt powerless to do anything about it. Until one day as I was listening to Forum on NPR and in a discussion about the cuts to Saturday Postal Service, a USPS spokesperson dismissed a caller who voiced my exact concern about junk mail by saying there were means of stopping unwanted junk mail. "Really??" I thought, and immediately started to look into it.
While I was not able to find anything sponsored by the USPS to control or end junk mail, I did find a helpful story from CBS News that ultimately led me to the answer - CatalogChoice.org! It takes a little bit of a commitment on your part to set aside each piece of junk mail and register each offending marketer in order to put a stop to it, but it is soooooo worth it. You might even feel empowered and get some well-deserved satisfaction from the process: "Take that Frontgate! I would never, ever order anything from you anyway!" Or maybe that's just me :)