Gallery: Mailman Cuts Out Junk Mail, You Can Too!


A former North Carolina mailman was recently fined $3,000 and ordered to do 500 hours of community service for cutting out the junk mail. For over seven years, no one on Steven Padgett’s route received a single pizza flyer, ‘Current Resident’ catalog or sweepstakes entry – now that’s something to be thankful for. Unfortunately, this mailman couldn’t put an end to the production of junk mail, leaving much of it in his backyard or garage, but you can. 100 million trees are chopped, processed, glossed and stuffed into US mailboxes every year. Fight back with one of the many opt out services below!

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  1. rachelw November 26, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    1) junk mail is pretty much what pays the salary for the mailman. it constitutes a huge percentage of the mail thats delivered. HUGE.
    2) in most cases, opting out from receiving that kind of junk mail doesn’t prevent it from being printed. it comes to the post office anyway, but then your mail carrier has to specifically remember to not deliver it to you in particular. then it gets thrown into a pile with other unimportant undeliverable mail and I have no idea where it goes from there. I hope the usps recycles.

    I’ma mail carrier. just figured I’d shed some light on this situation.

  2. sweetandtasty November 26, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Mailman Steven Padgett’s intention was to save his time, not to save the planet. However, his action has led people to think how useless and un-green junk mail is. Junk mail should be banned altogether.

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