junk mail


Definition of junk mail 

: unsolicited mail that consists mainly of promotional materials, catalogs, and requests for donations

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Zero Waste guidelines suggest refusing such things as business cards, pens, free stuff at concerts and sporting events, fliers, catalogues, food samples in grocery stores, keychains, commemorative plastic anythings, junk mail, hard copies of bills. Victoria Adams Fogg, Washington Post, "I tried reducing my trash. You can, too. Start by examining it.," 7 July 2018 Paperless billing services help, as do services to opt out of junk mail. New York Times, "Buried in Paperwork," 6 July 2018 Mixed paper, which covers junk mail, magazines, telephone books and more, poses a particular problem. Author: David Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Cities scramble to rewrite rules on recycling after China restricts ‘foreign garbage’," 3 July 2018 Whether hosting a fancy dinner party or covered in piles of junk mail (no judgment), your dining room table should be a reliable home staple that will last your family for years to come. Emily Heller, Curbed, "10 dining room tables under $1,000," 29 June 2018 The Waste Management facility recently paid a paper mill to take a load of junk mail and other mixed paper off its hands, Taylor said. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Rise of 'wishcycling,' plummeting value of paper and glass raise concerns about 'a new reality of recycling'," 20 June 2018 Facing the decline in the use of both first-class and junk mail, the Postal Service entered into a contract with Amazon to deliver packages, including on Sunday. Joel Naroff, Philly.com, "Would a USPS price increase for Amazon be effective?," 1 June 2018 There, in the stack of flimsy junk mail and our monthly magazine subscriptions, was the familiar shape of a holiday card. Ashley Edwards Walker, Glamour, "Why Do So Many People Still Insist I Use My Husband’s Last Name?," 29 May 2018 Do not flush: Nappies, sanitary towels, paper towels, gum, old phones, unpaid bills, junk mail, your ex’s sweater, hopes, dreams of goldfish down this toilet. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tom Wolfe on the streets and architecture of San Francisco," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of junk mail

1954, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of junk mail

: mail that is not wanted : mail that consists mostly of advertising

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