Recycling junk mail

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by hot diggity, May 13, 2015.

  1. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++

    One thing is certain, no matter where you live, if you have a mailbox, you get an endless stream of junk mail. Every piece has your personal information on it somewhere, and has to be disposed of.

    I burn it all in the winter months, but cut that down to only letter mail and catalog covers and inserts with addresses on them in the summer. The remaining catalogs and such go to the recycler.

    With this steady stream of mail I have found one bit that is useful. All the envelopes, and return envelopes make great pill packets, so I don't have to ever hunt for an empty container to put my morning pills in when I'm on the way out the door. (can't take them until a bit after breakfast) I had used everything from old pill bottles which were too big, to old percussion cap boxes that were just a little too small. A folded over half envelope is just the right size for a shirt pocket.

    Mail that gets immediately ripped in half gives me two useful packets. Stuff I have to actually open and read is at least good for one packet if opened on the end. They also make good scrap paper, can still go in the fire after they're used....and the price is right.

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  2. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

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  3. ditch witch

    ditch witch I do stupid crap, so you don't have to

    We run it all through the shredder, then it either goes into the garden, the chicken coop, or into a bucket of sawdust and leaves and water to be pressed into firebricks. We really don't get much junk mail though, so when I need more I go to the bank and they give me all their shredded documents for the day.
  4. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    The politician can still call you with political solicitation... So when you register be prepared to receive political calls
  5. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    I make it a point to put every PreStamped Seld Addressed Envelope received, into the outgoing Mail. This does two things.
    1. It makes mone y for the Post Office.
    2. It costs the Outfit the Postage, required to get the Empty Envelope.
    Back in the Day, my Partner collected all the PrePaid Envelopes that were distributed around Campus, when he was in Graduate School, for mailing Film into a Film Processor. He then pasted each one to a Brick, that came from a building that was being Demoded. Put them all in a Wheelbarrow, and wheeled them down to the Post Office. The counter Clerk, wasn't going to accept them, but a Supervisor was called and she told the Clerk to take them ALL, weigh each one, and send the Company the Postage Bill. Needless to say, there were no more PreStamped Mailers distributed around that campus, for the next few years....

    Just one of my many quirks....
  6. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey

    Unfortunately they put a weight limit on them and you may no longer mail bricks. Killjoys.
  7. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    Good ideas on what to do with the junk mail @hot diggity and @ditch witch. I also never thought of mailing the envelopes back. I do know for solicitation calls usually if you press 2, it is the option to be removed from their call list.
  8. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    so what is the new weight limit? I have blocks of 2 by 4 lumber I could send.......
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  9. hot diggity

    hot diggity Monkey+++ Site Supporter+++

    Life without unsolicited junk mail, phone calls during dinner, and spam e-mail?

    That would spoil a lot of fun for me. If the good folks on the phone can get past my three-second-delay hang-up routine and actually get me on the phone they're likely to end up listening to the TV while I sit back down and enjoy my supper.

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  10. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Naw, put them on speaker phone and let them talk with the dogs....all four of them.[LMAO]
  11. BlueDuck

    BlueDuck Monkey+++

    I usually take the envelope from one advertiser and fill it with the advertisements from another and return it. Only seems fair.
  12. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    Too much effort
  13. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    When you do that, make sure your name and address doesn't show on the insertion, nor any code numbers that might be linked to your file. These things are usually pre-printed to save you the effort of filling in the blanks yourself. (To say that the junk distributors have caught on to receiving blank applications and are making smarter use of computer versions of Gutenberg's device.)
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  14. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Punch *77 to block their calls, if you have that function. It sure cuts down on the calls, even the PC Gov. ones.
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  15. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    I, too, send back all postage paid envelopes. :)
  16. chelloveck

    chelloveck Diabolus Causidicus

    I use the envelopes for storing seed I have saved from the garden for replanting later. The window faced envelopes are especially good for that purpose.
  17. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    @chelloveck where do you come up with these? You continue to surprise me with your creativity....

    Chell's #1 fan
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  18. JBaker

    JBaker Monkey

    Nice to see such creative ideas to get rid of junk mail. I always amazes me to see that these direct mail marketing methods are still used in this Internet age. There are many mailing services like the Troi Mailing Service in Canada that still do mailing house services. And many of these methods still produce results, which is amazing.
  19. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    Everything received by mail/ups/fedex here is shredded then burned. In the case of boxes, all labels are removed and shredded.We make it a habit of burning all boxes for "high ticket items" such as TV's, computers,ect instead of putting them in the trash. We have a fax hooked into the land line. Not that we use it much anymore,but any call where we don't know the ID gets picked up by the fax. We don't get much in the way of repeat calls after a couple pick ups by the fax.
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