Operation: Opt-Out

Tired of receiving unwanted, unsolicited postal mail? Are you concerned that natural resources are turned into junk? Do you want to help the University of Arkansas beat the SEC in RecycleMania? If you answered yes to any of these questions, participate in Operation: Opt Out.

The Office for Campus Sustainability is will host “Operation: Opt Out”, an event to reduce the amount of unsolicited mail on-campus. Student volunteers will be dispensing information to individuals who are interested in cutting junk mail out of their lives.

"Opting Out" describes the easy way to remove your name from distribution lists. All that is needed is access to the Internet, a few resources on Opting Out, and a few minutes.

Junk mail is responsible for deforestation, air pollution due to intensive energy use, water pollution, and the entire supply chain wastes a substantial amount of time sorting, mailing, and recycling .

This is a very easy, and personally satisfying, way to help further sustainability initiatives on campus.  It also helps the UA compete better in the RecycleMania Competition!

Resources to Opt Out of junk mail

There are many resources for opting out of junk mail.  There are mobile apps that are free and are compatible with most smart phones.  The OCS is not affiliated with any of these resources.  We are simply offering potential solutions for individuals.


Paper Karma: A new and interesting way to manage junk mail subscriptions.  Sign-up, enter in your personal information, and take pictures of your junk mail with your phone! Pretty neat!


Opt Out Prescreen: Opt out of firm offers of credit or insurance for five years or permanently!

Catalog Choice: Opt out of catalog and phone book offers!

Epsilon: If you liked to go cold turkey -- opting out of ALL catalogs -- send an email to abacusoptout@epsilon.com with your name and mailing information and they will remove your name from their comprehensive direct mail database used by nearly every product catalog.

DMA Choice: DMAchoice™ is an online tool developed by the Direct Marketing Association to help you manage your mail. This site is part of a larger program designed to respond to consumers' concerns over the amount of mail they receive, and it is the evolution of the DMA's Mail Preference Service created in 1971.


 41 Pounds: 41 is the number of average pounds of junk mail an American citizen receives each year.  This service stops junk mail for five years! They contact 20-35 direct marketing and catalog companies and instruct them to remove your name from their distribution lists.

Did you know?

Direct Mail Marketing

  • Needs 100 million trees a year
  • Produces more Greenhouse Gas than 9 million cars
  • Requires 28 billion gallons of water
  • Destroys 396 square feet of habitat per year, per recipient


Have you already opted out?

Click here to record your participation! This will help us win the RecycleMania Competition.