Announcing Chicago Catalog Choice –

A Free Mail Preference Service

The City of Chicago has joined forces with Catalog Choice to offer Chicagoans a free service to reduce unwanted mail. Any resident or business can create an account at to reduce unsolicited catalogs, phone books, credit card offers, coupons and other marketing material received at home and in the workplace. We encourage you to participate and ask for your help in spreading the word.

    You can help us spread the word about the new program: 

  • Forward this as an email to your neighbors, colleagues, family, and friends.
  • Link to the program from your website:
  • Comment about the program on Twitter and/or Facebook.
  • Write about the program in your organization’s newsletters and blogs.

Hey Chicago!
Did you know that Chicagoans send more than 360,000 tons of paper to landfill each year? That’s enough to fill up City Hall three times. Help stop waste at its source with Catalog Choice.


“We’ve identified waste reduction as a crucial strategy to meet the goals of our Chicago Climate Action Plan (CCAP),” says Chicago Department of Environment Commissioner Suzanne Malec-McKenna. “The mail preference service with Catalog Choice will cut paper waste at the source and offers an ease of use that we know Chicago citizens and businesses will appreciate.”

Annually, Chicagoans send more than 300,000 tons of paper to landfills; material that could be diverted instead. By eliminating or recycling this material, the City can make serious gains towards the CCAP goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions through our waste management strategies.

This program is supported by the Chicago Department of the Environment. We appreciate your participation and assistance with spreading the word. If you have any questions about the service, please call (312) 744-5702 or email

Knowledge is Power
Want more information on what Chicagoans throw away and what they recycle? Go to to view the full Waste Characterization Study and Waste Diversion Study Results.

Submitted by Kimberly Worthington, Deputy Commissioner
Urban Management & Brownfields Redevelopment, Chicago Department of Environment