Inner West Council

Junk Mail

The production of junk mail uses excessive amounts of paper, ink, water and energy. Yet most junk mail will go straight into the bin or end up as litter on our streets.

Reducing 1 tonne of junk mail saves 17 trees, 2.3 cubic metres of landfill, 31,400 litres of water, 4,200 kilowatt hours of energy, 1,600 litres of oil and avoids 26 kilograms of air pollutants.

Conserve precious resources by saying NO TO JUNK MAIL now by taking one or more of the following easy steps:        

  1. Place a NO JUNK MAIL sticker on your letter box.   
  2. Report irresponsible distribution of junk mail, including junk mail which is littered, delivered in duplicate or delivered to a letterbox with a No Advertising Material sticker on it. Report offenders to the Distribution Standards Board on 1800 676 136.
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  3. If your NO JUNK MAIL sticker is not working, use our template to write a letter to the business or company that you are still receiving junk mail from - often they are unaware that delivery staff are distributing to NO JUNK MAIL letterboxes.
  4. Register your details with the ADMA Do Not Mail Service. Including yourself on this list will ensure that you are not contacted by 500 members of the Australian Direct Marketing Association. These members include banks, insurance companies, publishers, catalogue and mail order companies and charities who contact consumers via mail. Putting your name on this list will not stop organisations with whom you are an existing customer from contacting you.
  5. Make a digital choice. Register with online catalogue portals such as Catalogue Central to receive only the advertising material you want. Alternatively you can visit retailers own websites to receive store and brand catalogues online.