So for months, I've been getting mail to the wrong people at my house, as well as the usual junk mail. I believe it is environmentally irresponsible for the Postal Service to deliver this trash which they know is trash, but someone can afford to print and pay for it, so I guess nobody cares. Anyway, according to the USPS Domestic Mail Manual, 508 (recipient services) Ch. 1.1, a recipient may refuse any piece of mail at delivery, or after delivery by writing 'refused' on that piece of mail and returning it. Here's a link to the DMM chapter which covers that: http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/508.htm
So I've confronted my carrier with this, and she has, very unprofessionally, told me that I don't know what I'm talking about, and has repeatedly marked my box 'vacant'. So I attached a copy of the very chapter which states this to the returned mail...still gets re-delivered to my box. So I went to the local post office (multiple times) and have been told everything from "fill this paperwork out" to....here's the kicker...."YOU CAN'T REFUSE JUNK MAIL!!!!"
I was then told that it is MY responsibility to take the garbage they deliver and I properly refuse back to my house to dispose of it. BS!! It states in the DMM that I can refuse any piece of mail, not any piece of mail except for pieces with a 'standardized address'. They have stated that they don't have to show me that in writing, even though I have shown them in their own writing that their policy is that I may refuse ANY piece of mail (with a couple of exceptions that DO NOT cover this 'standardized addressing'.
I encourage everyone to do the same....print a copy of section 508 of the DMM and start refusing junk mail!!