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Old Feb 10th, 2008, 08:43 PM   #1
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Red Dot Campaign | Say NO to Junk Mail

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Website helps Canadians stop junk mail

MICHAEL OLIVEIRA

Canadian Press

February 10, 2008 at 1:05 PM EST

TORONTO — With just a few seconds of effort, anyone can easily shrink their impact on the environment by telling Canada Post to stop delivering junk mail — but only two per cent of Canadian homes have done it.

Beth Ringdahl's website, Red Dot Campaign | Say NO to Junk Mail, spells out a simple two-step process to block junk mail: It's as easy as filling out a downloaded form and leaving a note on your mailbox.

For more than a decade, Canada Post has been quietly acknowledging such requests, halting junk mail deliveries and marking a homeowner's internal file with a red dot — hence the name of Ms. Ringdahl's campaign.

The website's only been up and running for a couple of weeks, but word is spreading fast.

Ms. Ringdahl says the letter has been downloaded more than 2,300 times, her Facebook group has swelled to more than 850 members and grateful visitors are e-mailing everyone they know about the site.

“People are really happy to learn about a way they can reduce the waste in their lives,” she said.

“(The campaign) is like a friendly reminder saying, ‘Hey guys, here's something you can do that will take away some clutter and save some trees.”'

Canada Post spokeswoman Lillian Au said Ringdahl's campaign is unnecessary — Canadians, she says, have known for years about the opt-out option.

“It has been in place since 1997, so we feel that we've done a good job and people know that they have that right,” Ms. Au said.

Ms. Au acknowledged that unaddressed advertising mail is one of Canada Post's fastest growing revenue streams — it brought in $339-million in 2006, up 14.4 per cent from 2005 — and helps keep costs down for consumers, while allowing small businesses to advertise in an affordable way.

Almost all of the promotional mail is recyclable and printed on recycled paper, she added.

But Ms. Au also confirmed Ringdahl's theory that marketers would likely end up printing fewer flyers if there were fewer homes that received the junk mail.

“We make regular updates to our mailers, who can adjust the amount of material being printed so they don't print excess flyers,” Ms. Au said.

Ms. Ringdahl said she never intended to do battle with Canada Post, and instead applauds its policy. She's just trying to do a better job promoting it.

“I really think this is a world-class system that they have set up, and I don't want it to be a cop out (for) the individual, saying, ‘Oh, Canada Post didn't tell me how to do this.”'

Her next goal is to target homeowners who don't speak or understand English so the campaign's reach grows even further.

Valerie Langer of the environmental group Forest Ethics applauded the campaign, which she said was a mystery to even those who are working to protect Canadian forests.

“It's giving people the kind of information that starts them thinking and allows them to act in a way that conserves paper and therefore forests,” Ms. Langer said.

Ms. Langer herself just recently learned about opting out, she added.

If homeowners decide they do want to stop receiving junk mail, Ms. Au said printing out the letter on Ms. Ringdahl's website isn't necessary; a note on the mailbox — inside the door if the box is in an apartment building or condo — will suffice.

A warning, however: stopping junk mail also halts delivery of municipal-service notices such as town hall meeting announcements and snow removal and garbage pickup schedules, Ms. Au said




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Old Feb 10th, 2008, 09:18 PM   #2
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We've had a no junk mail please sticker on our mailbox for over a year now and we receive no junk mail these days.
We still do receive municipal notices etc. so I would question the last statement...

I had a quick word with our mail carrier and explained why I was placing the sticker there and he said no problem... we have to respect your wishes.
Problem solved.
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Old Feb 10th, 2008, 09:23 PM   #3
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BTW If you have a PO Box, simply tell the postmaster you do not want junk mail. Bulk mailings will not be placed in your box.
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I still get tons of junk mail addressed to me even though I get no unaddressed admail. I've lived at the same address for quite some time now and I guess that's on a lot of mailing lists. One of the biggest abusers are credit card companies, I must get at least 2 a week, followed by charity donation requests. Somewhere I learned about the following technique and have been using it for the last year or so.

I take everything out of the envelope and with scissors cut out any reference to my name of any code number printed on it, if it's a credit card solicitation just to make sure they don't mistakenly think I'm actually applying for their card. I fold the whole thing up and write on the front, "Please recycle your own unsolicited junk mail." Then I cram it into the pre-paid return envelope, seal it and drop it in the mailbox on my next trip out.

If they're going to waste paper on junk mail at least their postal bill will subsidize having it sent back to them. And the recycle request finally got me off the Green Party of Canada's mailing list, at least for now.
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If they're going to waste paper on junk mail at least their postal bill will subsidize having it sent back to them. And the recycle request finally got me off the Green Party of Canada's mailing list, at least for now.
You'll be pleased to know that the people who receive your mail 1) laugh at you 2) throw your mail into the trash - not the recycle bin like you had hoped. The people who's job it is to open and sort the mail do not make the decisions about admail. Your stunt only serves to give them a laugh. Then they get on with their busy day.

You don't get treated with respect for acting crazy. You get treated as if you're crazy.

Besides, if you cut out all the information that identifies you, how do you expect these companies to take your name off of their mailing lists?
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I take everything out of the envelope and with scissors cut out any reference to my name of any code number printed on it, if it's a credit card solicitation just to make sure they don't mistakenly think I'm actually applying for their card. I fold the whole thing up and write on the front, "Please recycle your own unsolicited junk mail." Then I cram it into the pre-paid return envelope, seal it and drop it in the mailbox on my next trip out.
Guess I'm lazy. I just shred the contents and seal the pre-paid envelope and mail it back empty. Lot less stress.
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You'll be pleased to know that the people who receive your mail 1) laugh at you 2) throw your mail into the trash - not the recycle bin like you had hoped. The people who's job it is to open and sort the mail do not make the decisions about admail. Your stunt only serves to give them a laugh. Then they get on with their busy day.

You don't get treated with respect for acting crazy. You get treated as if you're crazy.

Besides, if you cut out all the information that identifies you, how do you expect these companies to take your name off of their mailing lists?
They don't laugh when you tape the return envelope to a cinder block. Yes you can mail a cinder block, expensive as hell, but you can mail it. It's pre-paid, it's all good.
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Guess I'm lazy. I just shred the contents and seal the pre-paid envelope and mail it back empty. Lot less stress.
I like it. Plain, clean and simple. I just replace the shredder with my woodstove! Free heat!
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You'll be pleased to know that the people who receive your mail 1) laugh at you 2) throw your mail into the trash - not the recycle bin like you had hoped. The people who's job it is to open and sort the mail do not make the decisions about admail. Your stunt only serves to give them a laugh. Then they get on with their busy day.

You don't get treated with respect for acting crazy. You get treated as if you're crazy.

Besides, if you cut out all the information that identifies you, how do you expect these companies to take your name off of their mailing lists?
Yes, thanks for the advice on getting respect, sonny. I'll be sure to take it to heart. Or I might just laugh.

You haven't really explained why that is "crazy" and to be honest I find it a little insulting that you would find it necessary to use that rather inflammatory word for no reason. Is there something about my action that you are finding objectionable that has made you react? If so please address it without the personal attack.

I think it's quite valid for me to respond to a company that has sent me junk, by using their pre-paid stamp to send it right back to them. If enough people did the same, you would think that they might think twice about sending out so much unsolicited stuff. An employee receiving a lot of mail like this might find it a good idea to do their job and report it to a higher up.

As far as cutting my name out, I think I explained that in my post.
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Besides, if you cut out all the information that identifies you, how do you expect these companies to take your name off of their mailing lists?
The point is to cost them money... Duh!
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