If you live in the Washington, DC, area, you probably receive “The Washington Post ‘Shopping Guide'” in your mailbox.
Or in the case of some of us, it is shoved through a mail slot, where it scatters all over the floor, and is a royal pain to pick up. Especially if you have a physical handicap.
We have several acquaintances who have attempted to stop delivery of this hugely wasteful mailing, to no avail. And so have others: see “If You Don’t Get It, Good!” in the Washington City Paper, by Erik Wemple, September 25, 2008.
They have been unable to find a “remove me from this list” option anywhere on the Washington Post site or the Washington Post Ads site, and thus this hugely wasteful mass of paper continues.
One wag has suggested that after removing the address label, put the already wasteful mess into a large envelope with both the From: and To: addresses as “The Washington Post/ Post Plus, 1150 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20071” and put the envelope, with no postage, into any USPS mail box. As the wag said, “No postage and no address label seems like fair play since the Post makes it impossible to stop this wasteful mess of paper from being delivered.” We, of course, would never advocate such a tactic – put at least one stamp on the envelope and leave your address intact and request that the Post remove your address from its database.
Alternatively, you can contact the Postmaster and declare that you consider “The Washington Post ‘Shopping Guide'” to be unsolicited pornography and that you do not want it delivered to your home. Request a 1500 form from the U.S. Postal Service to stop the delivery of sexually explicit material.
Update: We received an email that you can be removed by calling 202-334-7730. Let us know if that works.
- Junk Mail – from the Washington State AG
- How to Stop USPS Junk Mail – from eHow
- Form 1500 from the U.S. Postal Service (5-page PDF)
- Unsolicited Mail, Telemarketing and Email: Where to Go to “Just Say No” – from the FTC
- How to Stop Receiving Junk Mail – from About.com
- Stopping Junk Mail Is Easy, and Good for the Environment – from SmartMoney
- FairfaxUnderground discussion