The first step is to stop junk mail before it starts. If I order something by mail, it includes this notice in large letters:
Once in awhile I will receive junk mail without being sure where the sender got my address. Sometimes, if a self-addressed envelope is enclosed, I return the section that shows my name and address, with this message:
MOVED. NO FORWARDING ADDRESS. DELETE
THIS NAME AND ADDRESS FROM YOUR FILES.
If no envelope is enclosed, I may cut out both the return address and my address (including code numbers). The return address is taped on to a new envelope and my address is included inside, with the above message. This can be handwritten or you can use a printed sticker or a rubber stamp. And yes, I add 44 cents postage—it’s worth it to stop junk mail.
More often, however, I just return the unopened mail to sender. For this, you need some blank address stickers and a black marker that makes a thick line. You put the sticker below the first line, to cover just the address. Then you black out the postal code that looks like a bar code because otherwise, the letter will come back to you. On the blank sticker, you use a rubber stamp (or print by hand):
MOVED. NO FORWARDING ADDRESS.
RETURN TO SENDER
Last but not least:
When I mention “my name and address,” I refer to some name other than my own, and to my ghost address. No mail ever arrives at my true home address and never will. (No mailbox!)