If you’re sick and tired of receiving so much junk mail, then you are not alone. Every year, people receive the weight of a 10-year-old child in the form of junk mail.

Most of this mail doesn’t even get recycled! Take just a few minutes out of your day, however, and you can put an end to this garbage.

Households across America get about 69 pounds worth of junk mail every year, and that’s really all it is because very few business actually stems from junk mail.

In fact, the direct mail response rate is only about 2%. That means that only 2% of people who receive unwanted junk mail actually end up buying something.

Most of the rest goes right into the trash, not the recycling bin.

To put that amount of junk mail into perspective, the 98% that goes to waste, it’s between 9.8-23.5 billion gallons of water and 23 1/2 trees.

It’s also the energy equivalent of powering 245,000 homes annually.

You probably know that requesting it to be cancelled doesn’t always work. A telemarketer will sometimes promise it’ll stop, but that doesn’t always happen. A quick visit to the Direct Marketing Association may be able to help, though.

At DMAChoice.org, you have the ability to put in your information and not be sent any junk mail.

It’s their job to cater to your preferences, so you’ll soon stop receiving almost all of the mailers that currently end up in your mailbox.

If you’re receiving a lot of credit card offers, then head on over to OptOutPrescreen.com or call 1-888-5-OPTOUT (567-8688). They work with Experian, TransUnion and Equifax to make sure that you don’t receive any more credit card offers.

Unwanted catalogs are another huge source of junk mail. Sometimes all you have to do is visit a website and within a few days, there’s a catalog or flyer from them in your m mailbox. To be removed from catalog mailings, Epsilon’s Abacus Cooperative is where you want to go.

Their website acknowledges that information is shared between companies, but you have the right to request that it not be.

Simply send them an email at abacusoptout@epsilon.com along with your full name, current and past addresses up to six months. You can also call them at 1-888-780-3869.

For everything else, your best bet is to call companies directly whenever you receive their mailings. Make it clear why you want to stop and that you’re just not interested.