What Is 'Opt Out?'
Opting out refers to the process for removing your name from unwanted telephone book delivery and unsolicited mail or ads. Reduce waste, conserve resources and avoid the hassle of disposal by opting out, OR choose specific directories and ads you wish to receive.
Did You Know? Many Olympia addresses receive up to four different phone books each year, including Dex One - Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater; Dex Plus; Yellow Book and Ziplocal.
Many phone books are delivered in August; be sure to opt out in time for your preferences to be processed.
Go Online - to Opt Out of Phone Book Delivery
Choose from either option below to opt out of telephone directories in your area.
- Visit www.catalogchoice.org to opt out of catalogs, directories and more.
- Visit www.yellowpagesoptout.com to opt out of directories specific to your zip code.
The opt out process is simple:
- Register with an email address.
- Once you register, you'll receive a password via email.
- Return to the site to select which directories or more you wish to receive.
Call - to Opt Out of Phone Book Delivery
Contact telephone directory companies directly.
- Dex, 1.877.243.8339
- Yellow Book, 1.800.929.3556
- Ziplocal, 1.801.225.0801
RECYCLE outdated phone books. Remember to recycle your old phone books in your residential curbside recycling cart or in your commercial mixed paper recycling container.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) serves to protect American consumers. Your rights as a consumer under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) include the right to "opt out" for 5 years or permanently.
Call - to Stop Credit Card and Insurance Offers
Submit an opt out request by phone.
- To opt out for five years: Call toll-free 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1.888.567.8688)
- Deaf or hard of hearing? Call 7–1–1 and refer the Relay Operator to 1.800.821.9631.
Go Online - to Stop Credit Card and Insurance Offers
You can stop prescreened insurance and credit card offers online.
Additional Junk Mail Opt Out Resources
For more opt out ideas, visit these sites:
- Catalog Choice: Consumers can register with Catalog Choice, which then relays your mail preferences to various merchants on your behalf. Catalog Choice can help block unwanted catalogs and junk mail, including some directories, non-profits, coupon aggregators, financial offers and other industries. To learn more, visit www.catalogchoice.org.
- Direct Marketing Association (DMA): DMA's Mail Preference Service (MPS) lets you opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial mail from many national companies for five years. This will reduce most of your unsolicited mail. However, your registration will not stop mailings from organizations that do not use the DMA's Mail Preference Service. Go to www.dmachoice.org; note there is a $1 charge to submit your opt out request online or by mail.
- Stop Junk Faxes: Federal Communications Commission explains your rights regarding unsolicited faxes. Visit their website: www.fcc.gov/guides/fax-advertising, or call 1.888.225.5322.
The opt out information provided on this web page can also be found in the FTC Consumer Alert .
5 Tips to Stay Off Junk Mail
Getting off junk mail can be as easy as a few clicks with our new service. On the other hand, staying off junk mail can take a bit more effort. Here are five surefire ways to do it.
Tip #1: Use the magic words "Please do not rent, sell or trade my name or address."
These are the magic words you’ll want to use when you’re filling out forms like warranty cards, subscriptions, raffles, customer information cards, credit card applications, memberships for an organization, or pretty much any time your submit your name and address to anyone.
Write these words next to your personal information, and repeat them when making purchases over the phone or on the internet, and you will stay off mailing lists.
A note about warranties: Warranty and registration cards are usually just a way to get consumer information from you that is then often sold to direct mailers. Read the fine print to see if you are required to return the card to validate the warranty.
Tip #2: Get on “in house” lists only.
Contact your personal credit card companies and ask them to place your name and information on their "in house” list that is not sold or traded to other companies. This will prevent more credit card offers from being mailed to your home.
Tip #3: Prevent unwanted charity solicitations.
If you contribute once a year to a charitable organization, ask them to send you only one donation request per year, or see if they can send you a paperless request via e-mail.
Tip #4: Watch out for contests and free offers.
Their purpose is often to obtain your name for mailing lists or to sell you something. If you do sign up for one, be sure to use the magic words.
Tip #5: Tell Publishers No Thanks.
When you receive a catalog or publication you don’t want, take the 30 seconds it requires to nip it in the bud. Call the 1-800 number of the publisher of the unwanted catalog or publication to have your name removed from their list. Stop the spreading of your name/address before it starts again.
Spencer Orman | Waste ReSources Utility | 360.753.8752 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Did You Know? Over 100 million trees and over 28 billion gallons of water are used to produce one year’s worth of this country’s junk mail. Take advantage of the resources above to get your name and address off mailing lists.