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College campuses have become a hotbed for bulk solicitation. Whether it's to sell a seminar or shoes, students, faculty, staff and administration all end up recieving unwanted solicitation. This is costly to distribute and generates alot of work in disposal of this material. You can reduce the influx of bulk mail at the University of Oregon through the stop the junk mail postcard program.

Each department can order preprinted postcards from the UO Mailing Services. Each postcard has a return address for the UO and a note to ask to be taking off of mailing lists. When someone gets unsolicited mail, they paste the mailing label to the section designated on the card, address the front and send it through the University to the company. In Facilities, for example, there is a box for this unwanted mail and one person goes through and sends out the postcards. Though there are no figures on this, there is a notable reduction in unwanted mail in Facilities due to this effort.

At the University US and on-campus housing post offices, there are bulletin boards with free cards to stop the junk mail. There have been thousands of these cards given out since the program was started. This is located right above the post office bulk mail recycling bins. -If you really want to get wild, when you get unsolicited mail with a return envelope enclosed, stuff all of the contents back into the envelope and write a note to let them know to stop sending this to you. The message will get across, after all, the company pays to get that sent back.

Reduce your impact, take a step to cut down on unsolicited mail.

Junk Your Junk Mail

According to the U.S. Postal Service, U.S. companies sent 35 billion pieces of direct postal mail in 1980, 64 billion pieces in 1990, 90 billion pieces in 2000, and 100 billion pieces in 2005. That’s more than 300 pieces of bulk mail for every man, woman, and child!

Each year, more than 100 million trees’ worth of bulk mail arrive in American mailboxes—that’s the equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months. The production and disposal of direct mail consumes more energy than 3 million cars.

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