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Reduce Junk Mail, "Do Not (junk) Mail" petition

Original post made by ebara on Mar 11, 2008

My neighbors and I in Menlo Park & Palo Alto have to deal with tons of junk mail... What a waste, and what an environmental nightmare. Even recycling of junk mail contributes to global warming.
The San Francisco group ForestEthics now has an on-line petition to establish a government "Do not mail" registry.
I heard about this on KCBS radio (also reported on and assuming KCBS did some fact-checking, this is a legitimate environmental organization.
If you want to sign the petition, go to and click on "Help stop junk mail: Sign the petition." The website also has links to other ways to reduce junk mail.

Comments (2)

Posted by friscokid, a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2008 at 8:16 am

Time and time again we petition for stopping unwanted mail. Than it gets to the senators who get hit over the head when they try to bring a bill into action to do a do not mail list. Why? Duh. The USPS and the Direct Mail Lobbiest put a halt to these bills claiming it will put the USPS out of business.
Maybe the bill should be to privatize the USPS than put the Do Not Mail list into action. I have been a long time member of http:/ but why should I have to opt out of mail when It should be my choice.

Posted by ebara, a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Mar 12, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Yes, there might be other solutions, like privatization.
The USPS is controlled by the Federal Government, and there is a huge vested interest in the postal service.
But shouldn't the federal government be facilitating/promoting high-speed internet (and cellphone-enabled e-mail) as a universal way to communicate? The postal service should be phased out or privatized.
One market-based way to cut down on junk mail would be to raise the price of junk mail postage. Mailers would be more selective.

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