Opt-out Options for Mail Order Catalogs

Mail pileCatalogs are another marketing tool for businesses to build their customer base. In many cases, you can contact their customer service department and request that your name and address be removed from their mailing list system via email to the company's website, or via letter or postcard. Since the mailing label will help the company identify how you are listed in its files, have the label handy when you call, or tape it to the postcard if you make a written request. Sign and date your request. In most cases, the business will honor your request. To learn more, contact a waste prevention and recycling specialist by email or call 503-846-3605.

In the event you continue to receive unsolicited catalogs, consider registering with a service to remove your name from business lists.  There are many organizations willing to offer this service at no charge, others for a minimal charge. Research these companies to ensure they meet your needs. A partial list of mail-order data management companies are listed below:

Catalog Choice

Www.CatalogChoice.org — Catalog Choice is a free service that allows you to decide what gets in your mailbox. Use it to reduce your mailbox clutter, while helping save natural resources.The mission of Catalog Choice is to reduce the number of repeat and unwanted catalog mailings, and to promote the adoption of sustainable industry best practices. Consumers can indicate their mail preference for catalogs and businesses can receive the list in a secure manner so that they can efficiently honor the requests.   Cost: Free

Other junk mail options

Www.41Pounds.org — 41pounds.org stops your junk mail for five years. The service covers your entire household for 5 years, even if you move, get married or change your name. If, for whatever reason, your name gets back on these bulk mailing lists within 5 years, you can contact us and we will go through our entire process again — at no cost to you. They guarantee their service. Cost: $41 — one-time fee for five years