By Christina Hager, WBZ-TVBy Christina Hager

CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Is your mailbox jam-packed with useless material? Some Massachusetts towns are pushing residents to opt-out of all that junk mail.

“It costs the city to recycle, ultimately it’s costing the taxpayers money to handle junk mail and unwanted phone books,” says Cambridge Recycling Director Randi Mail. “Being able to cut down on the mail we’re getting is a much better thing than recycling. That’s the last resort. we should be doing that, but we should be reducing the waste in the first place.”

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

So Cambridge and Brookline have set up websites for residents who want to get on a “do not mail” list. People in other cities and towns can also cut their junk mail by logging onto People can click on specific companies they want to block from mailing, and even stop phone book deliveries.

Residents we spoke with as they lugged their recycling bins to the curb seemed interested. “I wish it would stop,” says Travis Fountain. Cara Ciderman already signed herself up. “It’s not against the companies or shopping or anything like that. It’s just that when you have things available online, it’s just much more environmentally friendly.”

Experts estimate Americans receive more than 100 billion pieces of unwanted mail every year.

Comments (3)
  1. Paul says:

    I would LOVE to be able to stop junk mail….but how do you differentiate between the two? many of the pieces of mail are in envelopes and have my full name and address that they buy from services.

  2. Mark says:

    That’s the only thing left that keeps the post office running. Do away with that and they’ll be closing more than 40+ post offices in this state. Also what about the printers, might as well put them out of business too. Paper mills, paper merchants, truckers, ink manufacturers. The list is endless. More unemployed! Maybe we should all move to Cambridge & Brookline they seem to know what is best for everyone.

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