Can you STOP junk mail?

We not only receive junk mail addressed to us "or the current resident," but we still receive mail addressed to adult children who left home more than a decade ago. That was understandable, if a little strange.

But, then, the situation became compounded last year when we began receiving junk mail for relatives who have been deceased.

How do you make it stop? Can you?

Since my mother-in-law's death last summer, we now receive catalogs and requests for donations addressed to her. And we get mail addressed to other members of the family who have been dead for more than 10 years.

Our postal carrier started to park in front of our home to lug the daily mail to our door. I was afraid to face him, concerned he'd be wearing a back brace one morning.

So, in the fall, before the holidays, I visited a dozen or more company websites, requesting certain junk mailings to stop. Would they listen? I wasn't sure. It was a test.

If an email response came from the company, it usually stated that since they print catalogs in advance, we may still receive one or more mailings before our request would take affect.

There was no hope for the mail carrier through the holidays.

We piled unsolicited materials in a box. After the first of the year, I vowed to try again.
 This year, it took us longer than usual to take down the tree and put away relics of family festivities.

Now that it is February, I'm hoping to stem the flow of unsolicitate sales materials to our home addressed to us and a host of other people, living and dead.

How do you stop receiving unwanted mail? Does it ever stop? Will it when you ask? If a company representative tells you they print sales materials in advance so you may still receive one or more mailings before this change takes affect, do you believe them? And does it stop?

Can you look your mail carrier in the eye and say, "I tried to do something kind to you, to me and the environment today"?


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