Erik's Weblog 2.0

February 26, 2006


USPS Unstoppable Junk Mail

We get most of our mail to a P.O. box, but there are a few things that we have no choice but to get at home. Our home mailbox is always stuffed with flyers, ads, and all kind of bulk mail. The minute you buy a new place, the records are made public, you get added to a gazillion of mailing lists.

I'm always weary real mail will get buried inside the junk. I was looking for a way to ask the post office to stop delivering junk mail. I noticed they did not forward any of that stuff to our new mailing address when we moved. I figured it would be as simple as filling out a form. Well, nope. The USPS provides no such service.

You can submit your mailing address to the DMA, which is supposed to reduce the amount of unsolicited mail you get. But since it is a voluntary program, I really don't expect much.

I find it totally unacceptable that you cannot instruct the post office to not deliver such crap. My name is not Resident, Home Owner or the such. If it doesn't list my name, I don't want it.