Junk Mail

  • The average American household receives over 500 pieces of advertising mail each year.
  • More than 100 million tree’s worth of bulk mail arrive in American mail boxes each year.
  • This is equivalent of deforesting the entire Rocky Mountain National Park every four months.
  • Junk mail produces approximately 1 billion pounds of landfill waste each year.
  • Even though most junk mail can be recycled, 5.8 million tons of catalogs and other direct mailings end up as trash.
  • The average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year.


Junk mail should be recycled with your regular paper recycling at curbside or take it to:

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycling Centers

13125 North Second Street, Roscoe.  1/2 mile North of McCurry Road on Frontage Road.

4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford. East off Alpine between Harrison and Sandy Hollow.


Simple ways you can reduce your unwanted mail:

Last Update:  05/20/14








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