No junk mail stickers working for Lambeth residents.

November 14, 2012

A pile of junk mail A while ago, we asked Lambeth residents to keep a Junk Mail Diary. We had some great volunteers who kindly kept a diary for two weeks and sent in the results.

First, we asked them to display a No Junk Mail sticker on their letterbox to see what effect this had on the amount of mail they received.

One participant was surprised by how well it worked:

I have to say I’m amazed at how effective the ‘no junk mail’ sticker has been. I honestly thought it would just be ignored. In two weeks I’ve collected what I normally collect in one or two days.

On average, residents received 5 pieces of junk mail over the two week period, so although the stickers don’t stop all junk mail, they can considerably reduce the amount you receive.  If you don’t have your free sticker yet, email environmentlambeth@lambeth.gov.uk and we’ll send one out to you.

You will also find a template letter on our website, that you can download and send to companies you regularly receive unwanted mail from.

Also, if despite having a No Junk Mail sticker on your letterbox, you continue to receive unwanted mail, then let us know and we can contact the company on your behalf.

Don’t forget our 10 easy steps for reducing the amount of unwanted mail you receive.


Help us to tackle junk mail

July 20, 2012

Junk mail posted through letterbox If you’re fed up of coming home to a doormat covered in takeaway menus, leaflets and business cards, you might be just the person we’re looking for!

We need Lambeth residents to help us to tackle the junk mail problem in Lambeth.

What will I have to do?

  1. We’ll provide you with a ‘No Junk Mail’ sticker for you to clearly display on your letterbox. Our new Junk Mail sticker is carefully worded to discourage the posting of menus, sales flyers and business cards. We’ll then ask you to keep a diary of the junk mail you receive over a two week period.
  1. Once the two weeks are over, we’ll ask you to provide us with information on the amount of junk mail you have received and the details of the businesses or organisations that have ignored the No Junk Mail sticker.
  1. We’ll then contact them to request that in future, they respect the wishes of those householders displaying a No Junk Mail sticker.

If you would like to participate or find out more, please contact Waste Development Officer, Catherine Bourke on cbourke2@lambeth.gov.uk before Friday 10th August.

If you would like to find out more about tackling junk mail, visit our 10 easy steps web page.

If you would like to receive one of the new No Junk Mail stickers for your letterbox, please email environmentlambeth@lambeth.gov.uk with your name and address.


Drowning in junk mail?

March 16, 2012

Doormat with lots of junk mailDo you struggle to open the front door for unwanted leaflets, business cards, catalogues and unaddressed mail? Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration but the average household does receive 650 pieces of junk mail a year, most of which is thrown away unread!

We’ve put together some useful information to help you to reclaim your doormat. Our ten step guide to reducing unwanted mail will show you the easiest and most effective ways to tackle the problem.

For instance, have you put a ‘No Junk Mail Sticker’ on your letterbox? We can provide them free of charge; just email your address to environmentlambeth@lambeth.gov.uk

You could also join the 33,000 Lambeth households already signed up to the Mailing Preference Service, a free service that removes your name from up to 95% of mailing lists and that can stop up to one third of unwanted mail.

For more tips and information, visit our junk mail web page.

Don’t forget that all junk mail can be recycled in your orange bag or estate recycling bin.