Everybody gets junk mail; it’s a fact of life no matter how much we hate getting it. The question is; what do you do with the junk mail that comes to your house?
Many people just throw it away without looking at it. Other people open it to see if there is a coupon inside, and if there is they save the coupon and throw everything else in the envelope away. But there is another way to deal with junk mail that will brighten your day, and help to reduce the cost in your community of recycling all the paper in the junk mail.
Sure, it takes a few moments of your time, but it will put a smile on your face and it will make you feel better every time you do it because you are actually doing something useful about that annoying junk mail. You can’t stop junk mail, but you can turn the tables on the people who sent it to you. You can also smile as you do it because you are shifting the burden of paying for recycling that paper back to the people who generated the junk mail in the first place.
The key to the whole thing is that little black and white box in the upper right hand corner of the return envelope that comes in the junk mail. “No postage necessary if mailed in the United States.” Take a hint from that old Elvis Presley song, Return to Sender, written by Winfield Scott and Otis Blackwell back in 1962. Just follow the advice in the song.
“Return to sender, address unknown.
No such number, no such zone.”
Instead of just tossing the junk mail in the garbage or the recycling bin, take a moment to smile. They sent you some junk mail, and in return you are going to send them some junk mail too; at their expense. Sit down and open the junk mail envelope and dump the contents onto a table. Pick out any piece of paper that has your name and address on it. Cross out your name and address, so nobody can read them, and toss that paper in the recycling bin or the garbage can (depending on the local ordinance where you live).
Take out the Business Reply Mail envelop, with the “No postage necessary if mailed in the United States” box in the upper right corner. Then take as much of the junk mail as will fit easily into the Business Reply Mail envelope and slip it into the envelope. If you fold the big envelope they used you can even put that into the Business Reply Mail envelope.
But if you don’t want to spend your time that way, you don’t have to go to all that trouble. In the junk mail, there is almost always at least one small strip of paper that will slip into the Business Reply Mail envelope easily. Then turn the envelope over. Lick the glue, fold the flap down, and seal the envelope. Put the envelope out for the next day’s mail. Toss the rest of the paper from the junk mail into the recycling bin or the garbage can and you’re on your way to a smile.
If you live in an apartment building, or somewhere else where the postman doesn’t pick up the outgoing mail from your house, there is one more step. Drop the Business Reply Mail envelope into a mail box for the US Postal Service, and the USPS will do the rest.