I’ve finally requested that Royal Mail stop sending us junk mail. Having read this, it seems like it would be better for the planet, the postmen/women and even the Royal Mail in the long term if they packed in the junk mail habit.
The official method to stop your junk mail is quite convoluted:
On their website, they ask you to email this address: email@example.com, telling them your name and postal address. Then, in a few days, a letter and a form turn up in the mail. You have to sign the form and return it to them. And supposedly this stops all unaddressed mail (I’ll let you know if it works).
Here’s an easier way:
1. Download this form:
How to stop junk mail PDF form
2. Add your address.
3. Print it off, sign it, and post it to this address:
Royal Mail Door to Door Opt Outs
I suspect that Royal Mail aren’t cross-referencing every email with every form. One of their reasons behind such a complex process is to ensure that everyone in a property has guaranteed that they don’t want junk mail. Personally, I can’t imagine anyone getting annoyed that their junk mail has stopped. The other reason is that government documents may be sent to you using the unaddressed mail system. If the government can’t figure out a better way of telling me important information than “To the Occupier”, then I think I probably don’t need to know about it.