Reduce Junk Mail

Say “No” to junk mail to reduce the amount being posted through your door.

Unsolicited junk mail can be a pain, but you can reduce the amount you receive in four quick steps.

  • Step 1: Call Leicestershire County Council on 0116 305 7005 to order your free ‘”Say no to junk mail” sticker.
  • Step 2: Reduce addressed junk mail being delivered to your home, by registering with the Mailing Preference Service.
  • Step 3: Reduce unaddressed junk mail being delivered to your home, by joining the Direct Marketing Association’s Your Choice scheme.
  • Step 4: Further reduce unaddressed junk mail being delivered to your home, via the Royal Mail’s opt-out scheme.

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“Say no to junk mail” sticker

If you’re a Leicestershire resident, you can order a free sticker to put in a visible location on or near your front door.

 

Mailing Preference Service

The Mailing Preference Service (MPS) is a free service funded by the direct mailing industry. By registering with the MPS, you will stop receiving mail from member companies of the Direct Marketing Association.

It will not stop unaddressed mail, mail from companies you’ve done business with previously, mail from oversees, or mail addressed to ‘The Occupier’. You can stop some of the unaddressed mail by using the Royal Mail’s opt-out scheme.

 

Your Choice Scheme

Members of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) will stop delivering unaddressed mail to your home once you’ve joined the scheme.

Please note, it won’t stop distributers who aren’t part of the DMA from delivering door to door mail.

 

Royal Mail’s Opt-out Scheme

Once registered with the Royal Mail opt-out scheme, you will stop receiving unaddressed mail delivered door to door by the Royal Mail.

Please note that by opting out, you won’t receive any of the unaddressed mail usually delivered by the Royal Mail, potentially including offers, leaflets and material from Central and Local Government.

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Top tips
  • Say ‘No’ to further information – When you give your name and address to a company make sure you opt out of their mailing list and don’t let them share your details with other companies.
  • Opt out of the edited register  – When you fill out your electoral registration form make sure your details are not added to the ‘edited voting register’ which may be bought by companies for mailing purposes.
  • Return to sender – Junk mail with a return address can be returned. Just write on the envelope ‘Unsolicited mail, return to sender’ and pop it back in the post box.
  • Contact the sender – If you continue to receive junk mail contact the company directly to ask them to stop, they are legally obliged to respect your request.
  • Recycle what’s left – Finally, any remaining junk mail can be recycled. Just be sure to remove any personal information first.