Residents urged to opt out of junk mail

Harley Waldron, aged 3 from Parson Cross (left) and Matilda Watkinson, aged 4 from Banner Cross (right) feeding CHOMPER with Waste Awareness Officer, Kate Hughes.
Harley Waldron, aged 3 from Parson Cross (left) and Matilda Watkinson, aged 4 from Banner Cross (right) feeding CHOMPER with Waste Awareness Officer, Kate Hughes.
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YOUNGSTERS and their parents were shown how to reduce the problem of junk mail at an event in Sheffield city centre.

Council waste contractor Veolia brought mascot Chomper along with officers to give advice to residents about how they can put a stop to unwanted post.

The average British household receives 650 pieces of junk mail each year and the majority remains unopened or unread, generating unnecessary waste.

Visitors to the event, on Fargate, had the opportunity to post opt-out forms into Chomper, or sign up online to have their details removed from up to 95 per cent of direct mailing lists.

More than 80 residents signed up and received a free ‘Wise up to junk mail’ guide and a ‘No junk mail’ sticker to display on their letter box.

Kate Hughes, waste awareness officer at Veolia, said: “There are simple steps residents can take to wise up to junk mail, such as signing up to the mailing preference service, displaying “no junk mail” stickers on their letter boxes and ticking opt-out boxes when buying products and services.

“If we can reduce the amount of junk mail residents receive then we can have a big impact on the amount of paper waste we create.”