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A few weeks ago, I wrote a helpful hints column where I talked about stuff. It was kind of a take-off on an old George Carlin bit of the same name.
Well today I want to talk about Junk.
Now there’s all kinds junk. Everyone’s got junk around the house. There’s junk in the closet. Junk under the bed. And I’m sure almost everyone in the world has a “junk drawer” in the kitchen.
But how about “Junk mail”?
You already have car insurance that you’re happy with? Doesn’t matter. You’ll still get several offers from “Cross and Cross (Double Cross) Insurance” in the mail each year. Don’t eat much pizza? Apparently, the mailman isn’t aware of this because he brings you coupons for pizza every week. Don’t you really want to take advantage of the introductory subscription to Modern Quilters Monthly?
Let’s face it, ¾ of all the mail that shows up in our mailbox goes directly into the recycling bin in our garage. It’s annoying AND wasteful. But now there is actually something you can do about it. There is a company called Catalog Choice which is actually set up as a nonprofit that has a neat little app for your iPhone or Android called “MailStop.” You can download and use it for free. Here’s how it works. Once the app is installed, you take a picture of any piece of junk mail that’s addressed to you and send it off to MailStop. They do the rest.
Here’s what happened in Seattle: In the first nine months of Seattle’s program, one-fifth of the city’s addresses signed up to stop delivery of phone books, according to Dick Lilly, a manager with Seattle Public Utilities. “As a waste prevention strategy, it’s a huge success,” Lilly says, noting that from May to December last year the program eliminated 394,400 phone book deliveries, keeping 360 tons of paper out of the recycling bin.
360 TONS!!! I encourage everyone to download it and use it. It’s good for you, good for the environment and good for your mailman’s back!
Later, the Miracle Maid