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Combating Junk Mail in Wales

This month to help combat the problem of junk mail Waste Awareness Wales are spearheading the launch of a ‘No Junk Mail’ campaign in Wales.

Each year in the UK thousands of tonnes of direct mail is generated, most of this is unwanted and ends up in landfill. Research indicates 1 that upto 4% of the 1.5 million tonnes of household waste produced in Wales each year is made up of junk mail – this equates to 60,000 tonnes.

Junk Mail is not only irritating, it is also a waste of resources, for each tonne of junk mail produced 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water and 390 gallons of oil are used.

Waste Awareness Wales have produced a range of ‘No Junk Mail’ campaign resources including a “No Junk Mail” Leaflet which details three simple steps on how to prevent junk mail. The leaflet also includes a tear-off postcard to allow you to deregister your details from advertising mailing lists.

Carwyn Jones AM, Minister for Environment, Planning and Countryside said;

"The 'No Junk Mail' campaign is a great opportunity for the whole of Wales to prevent unwanted junk mail from being unnecessarily distributed. It is a huge waste of resources and adds to the unnecessary consumption of resources and local authorities waste management problems. The Assembly sees the importance of controlling waste as a key factor in our drive towards developing sustainability in Wales. Preventing waste is obviously better than throwing it away which must always be the last resort. This is a valuable initiative by Waste Awareness Wales and I look forward to seeing the results of the project in the future."

Brian Mayne Co-ordinator of Waste Awareness Wales said;

“Junk Mail is a real nuisance and a waste of resources in recognition of this Waste Awareness Wales have produced a range of ‘No Junk Mail’ resources – these are being made available free to each Welsh Authority to allow them to run their own locally targeted campaigns”

Of course if you enjoy receiving junk mail, please remember to recycle it along with all your other papers at your local recycling site.

For more details on how you can help reduce the amount of Junk Mail you receive please contact your Local Authority Waste Team, and for more details on the work of Waste Awareness Wales please visit our website www.wasteawarenesswales.org.uk.













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