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Save some trees by stopping junk mail

September 20, 2008|By LEIF E. GREEN

Do you get tons of catalogs in the mail? I used to.

I mail-ordered a couple things for Christmas gifts last year. BIG mistake! I guess these people thought I must be a big spender or something and hoped I would order one of everything for the rest of my days. My name must have been sold to every mailing list known to mankind.

I ended up getting at least three or four catalogs every week. One day, I'd had it. I figured the best way to put an end to this was to just sit down and call each and every catalog as they came in. I wanted to scream at these people, but I knew that wasn't the right tack to take. It wasn't their fault - they were just doing their job in customer service, a job I once had so I know how rude callers can be.

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So I very politely told the nice person on the other end to please remove my name from their mailing list and any other catalogs that they publish (this covered all my potential catalog bases).

The nice person told me I might get one or two more catalogs since they are printed months in advance. After making 15 phone calls (I kept a running list), I now get about one catalog a month.

I think of how many trees I'm saving, and I know the result is worth the effort.

Leif E. Green is the nom de plume of a columnist writing on behalf of the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force. Today's columnist is Kathy Vesely.

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