An increasing amount of businesses are looking for ways to reduce their waste. As the cost of sending waste to landfill increases and consumers become more eco-conscious, efficient waste management is a smart move. 17.5 billion pieces of junk mail, that’s a staggering half a million tonnes worth, is generated every year in the UK. Worse still is for every single tonne of junk mail produced, 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water and 390 gallons of oil are used.
If you are searching for new ideas to decrease your business or office waste, reducing junk mail is an effective way of minimising paper waste. Here are our top tips for obliterating pesky junk mail:
- If you have an abundance of junk mail but a shortage of time, spread the task of reducing junk mail among your employees – assign one person with the job of sorting unwanted post from the rest, for example.
- Contact the companies that send you junk mail if possible. Ask them to remove you from their mailing list – they can’t refuse under data protection laws.
- If your business receives multiple copies of newspapers or magazines they might be much appreciated at local schools, hospitals, nursing homes and so on. Donating these materials could earn you some valuable PR mileage as well as reducing your waste and saving money.
- Any junk mail marked with something like ‘change service requested’ or ‘return service requested’ can be rejected. Simply cross out your address, write ‘refused’ next to it and pop it back in the post.
- Likewise – if you are still receiving post for a former employee who no longer works at your company, cross out the address, write ‘no longer at this address’ next to it and return it in the post.
- Put out clearly marked containers for the sorting of post to make the process more efficient – any junk mail that can’t be returned should be recycled.
- A quick way to rid your company of a considerable amount of unaddressed mail, like those irritating flyers for companies like BT and Sky, is to opt out of royal mail’s door to door service. To do this you must email firstname.lastname@example.org with your company’s name and address, and request an opt-out form.
- However, this doesn’t stop addressed junk mail like those sent to ‘the occupier’. A good idea would be to back this up by signing your company up to the Mailing Preference Service, which is completely free. Just go to www.mpsonline.org.uk
- Get your employees on board with the mission of reducing junk mail. Ask them to make sure that personal items are sent exclusively to their home address and not to their work address. Make sure when they are in contact with clients and other businesses, your employees only provide contact details such as email addresses and phone numbers and decline to give the address if possible.
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