WHAT IS JUNK MAIL AND WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR’S
Merriam-Webster describes junk mail as unsolicited mail that consists mainly of promotional materials, catalogs, and requests for donations. Advertising mail accounts for 59 percent of all mail Americans receive. But only half of that mail is ever read, according to the United States Postal Service. The term was first used in 1954. “How did I get on those junk mailing lists?” you might ask. Perhaps you gave a company your name and contact information when you ordered a product. Your name can be gathered if you buy a house or a car, ordered a product from another catalog, participate in a store’s loyalty program, or send in a charitable donation. A company can “rent” a list of names from similar companies.