- More than 100,000,000,000 pieces of junk mail are delivered each year, more than 800 pieces per household
- US junk mail accounts for one-third of all the mail delivered in the world
- 44% of junk mail goes to the landfill unopened
- It takes the equivalent of >100 million trees to produce the junk mail that arrives in US mailboxes each year
Efforts are underway to create a national Do Not Mail Registry, similar to the Do Not Call Registry that was officially enacted in 2003. It's not there yet, but Forest Ethics has some great tools for helping you get off mass mailing databases. It's easy.
Read more here: http://donotmail.org/index.php