Stopping junk mail

Junk mail

Did you know that junk mail makes up around 5% of our waste? Most junk mail is unwanted and thrown away unread, wasting resources and adding to waste disposal costs.

You can reduce the amount of junk mail you get by following our tips below.

Register with the Mailing Preference Service

Ask to have your name removed from most mailing lists in the country by registering with the Mailing Preference Service.

This service is free and will help reduce addressed junk mail (but not mail from organisations you deal with directly, such as your bank).

You need to allow four months for it to become fully effective. You'll also need to re-register after five years. See the Mailing Preference Service website (opens in a new window) for more information.

You can register online or by calling 0845 703 4599.

You can also register to reduce unwanted telephone calls at (opens in a new window)

Register with Royal Mail

To stop unaddressed junk mail being delivered by Royal Mail, send or email your name and address to the address below:

Royal Mail Door to Door Opt Outs
Kingsmead House
Oxpens Road

or email:
Tel. 01865 796964

Royal Mail will send you an opt-out form to your address, which you must sign and return. This is for security reasons - to verify that those resident at the address have requested the 'opt out'. The service is free and takes around six weeks to become fully effective. You will still receive mail addressed 'To the occupier' or similar. The opt-out will last for a period of two years.

Please be aware that mail such as community newsletters from your local authority that are delivered by Royal Mail will also be stopped if you register. See the Royal Mail website (opens in a new window) for more information.

If you do receive unwanted mail don't forget to recycle it.