ACCRINGTON homeowners receive around 8.5 million pieces of junk mail through their letter boxes every year.
According to www.chooseyourmail.co.uk, we are all swamped by unwanted adverts and circulars.
As well as the nuisance caused by receiving them, Hyndburn Council and local charities have highlighted the environmental damage caused.
According to figures released by Friends of the Earth, reducing one ton of junk mail saves 17 trees and 2.3 cubic metres of landfill.
Dave Allonby, head of environmental services at the council, said that even when junk mail was recycled it still had a negative environmental impact.
He said: “The transportation of the junk mail alone uses carbon dioxide which adds to global warming. The best option is to stop it being delivered in the first place by registering with the mail preference service.”
Kerry Gormley, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Friends of the Earth co-ordinator, said: “We must remember that recycling should be at the very end of a three-part strategy of reduce, re-use and then recycle.
“In a well-managed society there would be very little need to recycle as there would be very little waste produced in the first place.
"We must work towards reducing the amount of waste we produce and junk mail by its very nature promotes more consumption and therefore more waste.”
She said that Friends of the Earth recommended cutting down on unwanted junk mail by registering with Royal Mail’s opt-out service.