Thankful For No More Political Mailers: I Got 107 This Year
Over one hundred political mailers were sent to my house this year. 107. Really? Did you know that over a third of all mail delivered is 'junk mail' to begin with? 2020 has to be record breaking.
According to Heal The Planet, all that junk mail adds up to almost a BILLION pounds of garbage into landfills every single year. (To be clear, that's ALL junk mail not just the political stuff.)
It's estimated that between 40% and 50% of junk mail is thrown away unopened and not recycled. Over 100 millions trees are used in the production of junk mail alone.
I'm a little on the neurotic side, and recycled all the political mailers that I got. This year, the pile was well over 100 pieces of political mail. Some for candidates and some for ballot initiatives. This was by far the heaviest junk mail year I've ever seen.
Not sure that I've ever seen one (anywhere in the country) but apparently the U.S. Postal Service has installed over 4,000 postal recycling stations in various locations across the country. I'd like to see more of that kind of thing.
How about those political text messages? Phone calls aside, we've all been bombarded by unsolicited text messages and pleas for donations. There were a couple of days this political season that received over 20 political text messages PER DAY.
Remember, if you're not already on the Do Not Call registry (which isn't a silver bullet but it does help)...it's easy. According to the FCC:
You can register your numbers on the national Do Not Call list at no cost by calling 1-888-382-1222 (voice) or 1-866-290-4236 (TTY). You must call from the phone number you wish to register. You can also register at add your personal wireless phone number to the national Do-Not-Call list donotcall.gov.