HOUSEHOLDERS across Dorset are being urged to reject junk mail as part of a new initiative.

Councils across Dorset have joined forces for the drive to rid Dorset of junk mail.

A series of flagship events are being lined up for Dorchester over the next couple of weeks to help raise awareness of the issue.

A spokesman for Dorset County Council said: "Although recycling junk mail is better than binning it, the best option is not receiving it in the first place.

"You can help to reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill, and save yourself the annoyance of junk mail, by following these simple steps."

  • Register your name and full address with the Mailing Preference Service (MPS). You can do this online at www. mpsonline.org.uk or write to Mailing Preference Service, FREEPOST 29, LON20771, London, W1E 0ZT or telephone 0845 703 4599. Gradually, you will receive less addressed junk mail.
  • Put a No Junk Mail' sticker on your letterbox.
  • Tick the edited register' option when completing the annual electoral register form.
  • Tell your bank and any credit or store card providers that you do not want to hear about other services and on documents check the small print and tick the box saying no further contact'.

"One particular area where the campaign is being promoted, in order to measure the impact, is Dorchester.

"West Dorset District and Dorset County council staff are running a series of waste reduction roadshows in the town, where residents will be able to fill in an MPS form, and pick up a free waste reduction pack and local reuse directory, packed with information on how to reduce and reuse household waste."

The packs includes a No Junk Mail' sticker, more junk mail solutions, a home composting offer and a booklet with details on smart shopping, reusing, modern washable nappies, furniture reuse organisations, home composting and junk mail.

You can pick up a pack at many different outlets throughout Dorchester, including Dorchester Tourist Information Centre, Dorchester Library West Dorset District Council, Stratton House, Dorset County Council, County Hall.