Trading Standards Information and Advice: New way to stop unwanted mail

A new free-to-use website is being set-up as part of a joint Defra and direct marketing industry deal so householders can opt-out of receiving all types of advertising mail.

This new up to date website will replace the current out-dated system, where households have to register on three separate websites or apply by post to stop the different types of unwanted mail from being delivered.

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The website, which is scheduled to go live in April 2012, is just one aspect of a wide-ranging agreement that Defra has struck with the Direct Marketing Association who are the professional body representing the UK’s direct marketing industry.

This three-year agreement will see the industry undertake a number of initiatives to contribute to the government’s plans to move towards a zero-waste economy.

This will hopefully also discourage those companies hand delivering leaflets and brochures and fast food menus to respect “no junk mail” signs and only deliver what people want.