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If you want to stop spam letters coming through your letterbox there is a series of actions you can take.

1. Register with the Mailing Preference Service  (

Register with the Mailing Preference Service (MPS) - this will stop advertising material that’s addressed to you personally.

You can register online at the MPS website, or you can contact them by phone or email.

It can take several months for the service to fully take effect. 

2. Register with Royal Mail Opt Out Scheme for Junk Mail Deliveries

You can tell Royal Mail to stop to delivering junk mail to your address.

Go to the website and search on 'opt out' as you need to download this form. 

Fill it in and send it to the address on the form and that will stop Royal Mail adding to the piles of junk mail you receive – at least for 2 years then you have to re-register.

3. Contact your electoral registration office

You can search for your local electoral registration office on GOV.UK.

Ask them to take your details off the ‘open register’  which is a list of people and addresses that is bought by Marketing companies to create mailing lists. 

You can choose for your details not to be added to the edited electoral register when you fill out an electoral registration form. Tick the box that says “opt out” of the open register.

4. Return to sender

If you get junk mail with a return address on the envelope, you should:

Write “unsolicited mail, return to sender” on the envelope and post it (you don't have to pay as long as the item has not been opened)

This won’t guarantee that you won’t get any more junk mail, but it’s a way of letting the company know that you don’t want any more mail.

5. Get or make a notice for your front door

The sign can say ‘”No Junk Mail” or “No Unaddressed Mail” or something similar.

You can get these notices online or make your own.

These steps won't guarantee no unwanted mail but should make a significant reduction in the unwanted mail you receive.

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