Thank you for allowing me an opportunity to answer your interesting
question. Postal Office policy does permit a recipient to refuse mail
delivery. It says in part:
?D042 CONDITIONS OF DELIVERY
1.0 BASIC STANDARDS
1.1DELIVERY TO ADDRESSEE
Addressees may control delivery of their mail. Without a contrary
order, the mail is delivered as addressed. Mail addressed to several
persons may be delivered to any one of them.
1.2REFUSAL AT DELIVERY
The addressee may refuse to accept a mailpiece when it is offered for delivery.?
Cleary then, according to the official USPS policy, you may control
delivery of your mail by placing a contrary order with the postmaster.
Here?s another alternative. If all your mail is junk anyway, have you
considered taking your mailbox down? I'm serious. You are not required
to have a mailbox. If there's no ?authorized depository for mail?
(within the meaning of 18 USC 1702, 1705, 1708, and 1725) all your
mail be withheld and returned to the post office as unclaimed or
?undeliverable?. (My wife worked for a post office as a rural mail
carrier for 5 years and I was frequently duped into coming along as
her ?helper?). If you can't take the box down consider placing a lock,
a fist full of duct tape or some well placed superglue on the door
that will disable it or render it unusable (assuming you own it of
course). This too will prevent mail from being delivered. If you want
to leave your box intact and you want to use another method, a
strategically placed trash can or parked car will also stop delivery:
Customers must keep the approach to their mailboxes clear of
obstructions to allow safe access for delivery. If USPS employees are
impeded in reaching a mail receptacle, the postmaster may withdraw
D041 CUSTOMER MAIL RECEPTACLES
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Clarification of Answer by
18 Sep 2005 11:20 PDT
>>> "Knowing the USPS this would have to be done on the appropriate
form...no? What do you think? Further comment appreciated."
Today is Sunday and there's no post office open to make inquiries. If
you like I can call one Monday morning and ask them about a specific
Otherwise, my wife tells me that her post office policy was to place a
CLOSED card in the sorting slot of the addressee (usually when the
addressee took the box down to keep mail from being delivered or
someone has knocked the box down) to tell the sorters to return the
mail to "sender" as undeliverable.
On the other hand, acccording to USPS policy "F030" junk mail is not
mail that gets forwarded.
"4.0 Sender Instruction
4.1Mail Not Forwarded
The following types of mail are not forwarded:
a. Mail addressed to ?Occupant? or ?Postal Customer.?
b. Mail with exceptional address format.
c. Mail showing specific instructions of the sender (e.g., ?Return
Service Requested? or ?Change Service Requested?).
d. Perishable items not marked to abandon that cannot be delivered
before spoiling, or day-old poultry that cannot be delivered within 72
hours after hatching. These items are returned to the sender
immediately, if the return can be made before spoilage or within the
F030 Address Correction, Address Change, FASTforward, and Return Services
So, if you prefer, you can simply fill out a change of address card;
have all your home mail forwarded to your business mailbox and you can
expect only mail that is specifically addressed to you to arrive there
- and the post office will cull the junk mail from it for you. So, if
all you ever get in the box is junk mail and junk mail cannot be
forwarded mail by USPS policy, a change of address should stop ALL
mail from coming to the offending box, right?
Viola! Problem resolved. How's that? (though I still favor the idea of
chopping the mailbox down as a fool-proof method)
You can even apply for a change of address online: