Unwanted junk mail

Reduce the amount of junk mail you receive

Direct advertising mail can be a great way to find out about special offers, but if you would like to reduce the amount you receive, there are a couple of services which can help you.

  • Royal Mail's Opt-Out service stops all unaddressed mail being delivered to you. Please note that these services will not stop mail addressed to "The Occupier", mail from companies you have previously done business with, or information from central or local government bodies.
  • The Mail Preferencing Service lets you choose which companies can contact you through addressed mail.
  • Avoid generating unwanted mail by checking small print carefully and not inadvertently opting to add your name to any ‘third party’ mailing lists when filling in forms or making online purchases.
  • Your local council holds two versions of the electoral register – a compulsory register which is used for polling, and an edited version. The edited register is available for purchase by mailing companies, but you can choose not to be on it. If you don’t want your details to appear on the edited register, you must tick the box on the voter registration form to be excluded.
  • Contact the Waste Prevention Team with your address to receive a free ‘No Junk Mail Please’ sticker to attach to your letterbox.
  • Citizens Advice has more information on how to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive.

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