agreement that it is entirely too much. Catalogs, insurance offers, magazines, coupon books, and credit card offers, just to name a few.
Some say that the average amount of junk mail delivered to each Americans is around 41 pounds. In fact, a whole organization has been formed around this theory called, well...41pounds.org.
One of the founders of this organization stated, "We started 41pounds.org because we were continually overwhelmed with unwanted and wasteful junk mail — and we found out some staggering statistics that really bothered us about how costly junk mail is to our communities and the planet.
To produce and process 4 million tons of junk mail a year, 100 million trees are destroyed and 28 billion gallons of water is wasted. And, global warming gases equivalent to 9 million cars are produced. In addition, $320 million of local taxes are spent to dispose of junk mail each year instead of providing parks, libraries, health care and other valuable services."
Junk mail is generally printed on virgin raw materials, using little or no post-consumer recycled material. It also is usually full of toxic inks and multiple types of paper.
Some staggering statistics about junk mail are below:
- 5.6 million tons of catalogs and other direct mail advertisements end up in US landfills annually.
- 44% of junk mail is thrown away unopened, but only half that much junk mail (22%) is recycled.
- The average American household receives 848 pieces of junk mail per household, equal to 1.5 trees every year—more than 100 million trees for all U.S. households combined.
- Junk mail destroys 100 million trees a year—the equivalent of deforesting all of Rocky Mountain National Park every four months.
- Largely due to deforestation, junk mail manufacturing creates as much greenhouse gas emissions annally as 3.7 million cars.
- Americans pay 370 million annually to dispose of junk mail that does not get recycled.
- Mark junk mail as "Return to Sender"
- Opt out with Greendimes.com
- Opt out with ProQuo
- Subscribe to 41pounds.org
- Stop junk mail before it starts
- Use catalogchoice.org
To find out more about recycling and document destruction visit www.wasteawaygroup.com