- The average home receives over 200 items of unwanted junk mail every year.
- Over half a million tonnes of junk mail is generated annually in the UK.
- UK junk mail uses 3.5 million trees each year.
- 17.5 billion pieces of junk mail are produced every year in the UK. This includes both addressed and unaddressed junk mail.
- To produce all this junk mail 550,000 tonnes of paper and 16.5 billion litres of water are used.
- 650 pieces of junk mail are posted through the average British letterbox every year.
- On average 80 pieces of addressed junk mail are sent out to the 583,000 people who die every year in the UK following their death.
How can you help combat climate change, save over 4kg of CO2 a year, reduce landfill, reduce the need for recycling and help postie at the same time? Here's one very simple way to do it: Sign up to the Mailing Preference Service and opt out of junk mail.