Reducing Junk Mail

Every year, more than 100 million trees are cut down to produce 100 billion pieces of junk mail in the U.S. —most of which are left unopened before being discarded. The good news is that residents can opt out and greatly reduce junk mail.

Credit Card Offers

The Federal Trade Commission's website provides two options for opting out of credit card offers by calling (888) 5-OPTOUT (888) 567-8688) or by visiting

If you wish to opt out for 5 years, you do not need to provide your social security number. If you wish to opt out permanently, you will be asked to provide your social security number and other personal information, including name, phone number, and date of birth.

Phone Books & Catalogs

Opt-out from receiving unwanted phone directory delivery by calling YP Real Yellow Pages at (844) 339-6334 and Valley Yellow Pages at (800) 350-8887.

Remove your name from specific catalogs by visiting Catalog Choice You can also contact the catalog and tell them you want your name taken off their list.

Download a Stop Junk-Mail Kit

Download a Junk Mail Kit with sample form letters and additional tips. The Junk Mail Reduction Campaign is a partnership of 110 Bay Area cities & counties.

Additionally, the Data & Marketing Association will remove your name from their database for 10 years, for a $2 processing fee, or you can print out their online mail-in form and send a check or money order for $3 to:

P.O. Box 900
Cos Cob, CT 06807