Okay. I'm reviving the thread. I did a search for "CD recycling" or something like that and found this. I'm going to throw in my two cents.
I used to stuff all of the credit card crap back into postage paid envelope for them to deal with. However, I didn't like knowing whether or not the paper was going to get recycled. Eventually, I took a small piece of scratch paper from a pad. (It was about the size of a fourth of a regular sheet of paper; This was before I started cutting the half sheet size coupon ads that come in an envelope about once a month; I use those for scrtch paper then I send them to recycling heaven) I said something to the effect of: I am currently not in the market for a credit card. The mailings werre coming several times a week, sometimes, several times a day. I find it to be annoying and of poor customer service. Therefore, when I am in the market for a credit card, I will be less likely, or not likely at all to choose your company. Also, I find the bulk of paper to be unenvironmentally friendly and annoying. While I have no problem recycling it, I don't think it should have been used to begin with. Please remove me from your list. Not doing so will certainly guarantee that I will not use them in the future. Thank you, (I then signed and printed my name as it appeared on the mailing.)
I think I had to do that twice with one company, as I use both my "maiden" name for stuff and my hyphenated name for stuff, depending on what the stuff is.
Also, I contacted AOL with a complaint e-mail. I have ceased receiving the CDs in the mail (I gave them my name and address). I also told them that I found their solicitations to be annoying and is causing me to be less likely to use their service if I ever went back to dial-up (this was before they partnered with Road Runner).
I think with both companies I said that I felt as though I was being harassed. I decided that harassed was a stronger word than soliciated.
I agree about the charities. I get mailings from them with address lables. Great. I could use address lables. I got some cute ones from the ASPCA. I used a couple for a cake pan and lid that I took to a church potluck. (I have a yummy eggless, milkless chocolate cake recipe that's cheap and easy.) Well, they stayed on my counter for a couple of weeks and the other day they slipped between the counter and the fridge along with the cake recipe. Blah.
Anyway, I have many address lables like that. I got another set from a proclaimed Christian children's charity. I e-mailed or wrote them saying that I am aware of their charity and think that they probably do good work. However, I think the money would best be spent if they just occasionaly sent out one short letter of information and not spend money on address lables.
Despite the post that was posted, I will continue to donate to charities. I have a few that are genuine, and will not harass me with mailings, even if I do give them my name, address, email, phone number, etc. That's part of the reason why I donate to those charities.
Okay. I've babbled enough and I must get ready for class. (Where I will be handed more tree killing paper I'm not sure I'll want. Oh well. At least I'm auditing the class so I can drop out. He he.)