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Top tips to cut down on junk mail from the North London Waste Authority

PUBLISHED: 15:11 19 January 2012

How much mail the average north London home could cut down on.

How much mail the average north London home could cut down on.

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The North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is leading a drive to reduce the amount of unwanted mail stuffed into north London's letterboxes.

The NLWA, the statutory waste disposal authority for north London Boroughs, has five top tips to stop unwanted mail:

• Get a ‘No Junk Mail’ sticker.

• Use the Mailing Preference Service (MPS) which can remove your name fro up to 95 per cent of mailing lists.

• Use the Royal Mail Opt Out service by emailing optout@royalmail.com.

• Avoid joining new mailing lists and tick opt-out box on forms including the electoral register form.

• Return unwanted mail by writing ‘Return to sender’ on the envelope and putting it back in the post unstamped.

Disposing of the mail people don’t want leads to tonnes of waste paper that then needs to be recycled, or even worse is put in with the general rubbish – creating an extra expense for taxpayers.

It also has implications for data protection with pre-filled application forms for things like credit cards could end up being sent to previous addresses long after you’ve left.

To register to reduce the amount of junk mail you receive go to http:.//www.nlwa.gov.uk/nojunkmail.

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