Though Richardson’s recycling program accepts paper of all kinds, residents might want to consider the following ways to reduce or eliminate unnecessary or junk mail to keep from needing to recycle it in the first place (and leave room in those blue bags for other items!):

  • Try going paperless for the statements you want—most organizations have online options. For example, if you’re still being mailed a paper Richardson water bill, consider signing up at to receive it via e-mail.
  • Return “high-end” junk mail. For First Class mail and mail marked “Address Correction Requested” or “Return Postage Guaranteed,” cross out the barcode and write “Return to Sender/Refused by Addressee” on the front. You can also write “Please remove my name from your mailing list.”
  • Call or write. Open the mail and look for an 800 number or reply envelope, and then contact the sender and ask to be removed from the mailing list.