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Recycle Phone Books - Don’t Trash Them and/or Don’t Get Them In The First Place

Posted Sep 15 2010 11:00pm


More than 660,000 tons of phone books end up in the trash every year. This is not good. We don’t need more in the landfills that are bursting at their seems.

What to do:

1) RECYCLE THEM:  Not all recycling systems will accept them, but if they do, both in your curbside single-stream recycling cart and at the dropoff recycle center, that’s where they should go. (If your recycle system won’t take them, see option 2 below.)

According to California’s Green Valley Recycling, by recycling just 500 books, we could save between 17 and 31 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 463 gallons of oil, 587 pounds of air pollution, 3.06 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,077 kilowatt hours of energy. Wow! Let’s do our part today!

Or, better yet…

2) STOP DELIVERY: Don’t get them at all.

Why do we still get phone books? One of the problems is that we’re in that wobble in some parts of the world about things like this. We’re still advertising in phone books, there are still “the yellow pages”, but with technology and “progress” more and more people are finding what they need online.

So, assess how much you really use your phone book and decide to get off the list if you can and don’t have it show up on your door step in the first place. Or, if there’s just one that you want, but don’t need a stack of them, get off those you don’t care for as much or need and keep getting the one you like.

Until each online phone book site has it’s own opt-in and out page, here are numbers to call to ask to be taken off their lists.

    DEX: 877-243-8339

    Yellow Book: 800-929-3556 (you need to call every 2 years to stay off this one)

    Verizon: 888-266-5765

Thank you, from Planet Earth!

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