Tip of the Day – Opt Out of Phone Books

Posted on August 14, 2008 by Allie


My husband and I were just having a conversation about phone books over the weekend.  Neither of us has used one in a VERY long time. 

Well, that’s not true.  I have used pages from our phone book to make kitty litter.   But basically, it’s not something we need to get.  We use our computers or our phones to get the numbers we need.  And if we were in a pinch and our internet connection was down, we could always just call information.  We keep all our vital numbers on the fridge anyway.

There are a lot of resources employed to get that book to your door.  If you don’t use it much or at all, you may as well pass on getting one to begin with.

Thankfully, Petite Planet has the answer. Check out her post on how to opt out of your phone book.

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  1. That’s awesome! I didn’t know you could opt out of them. I’ve been simply recycling them for years and thinking what a huge waste of paper they are!

    August 14th, 2008 at 2:26 pm
    Comment by Dianne
  2. Great idea, but no one I know has actually stopped receiving the phone book after trying every which way imaginable! It really should be as easy as saying “no”, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. :-) I hope that site reports back to let us know if it was effective!

    August 14th, 2008 at 2:53 pm
    Comment by David
  3. Perfect timing on this post for me Allie. We just received 3…yes THREE phone books in the last week. One large, greater area, one for the smaller community, and then some fringe one that I really have no idea why we got it. A lot of waste indeed (although I have to shamefully admit that our 2 bunnies luv playing with old phonebooks!). Thanks for the info!

    August 14th, 2008 at 4:52 pm
    Comment by Jill
  4. I’ve never opted out before, but I do recycle them. Magazines, outdated phonebooks, call all be too easily recycled, which lessens my guilt over them lol. Excellent suggestion however, especially for people that live in areas not quite recycle aware.

    August 14th, 2008 at 9:33 pm
    Comment by Sunshine
  5. Re: Sunshine

    It is important to remember that recycling itself has an environmental impact. The process is energy-intensive and most recycled paper is shipped to China. Only a small fraction is used here in the States.

    Reducing is the best answer. Thus, the importance of opting out even if you live in an area with extensive recycling. Recycling cannot make up for the resource consumption caused by creating phone books in the first place.

    August 16th, 2008 at 12:37 am
    Comment by Lauren
  6. Hi Allie! Thanks for directing your readers to my post! Hopefully there will be no such thing as a phone book in the very near future!

    August 16th, 2008 at 3:50 am
    Comment by Petite Planet
  7. This is great! It always irritates me to see them. And the phone company never leaves just one per household/business. At my old office, we used to get about 30 even when there were only about 15 people who worked in the office and we never, ever used them anyway. They would just sit there for weeks until someone had the initiative to recycle them.

    August 18th, 2008 at 4:13 pm
    Comment by The Modern Gal
  8. My name is Philip Cantwell and I started the organization http://www.YellowPagesGoesGreen.org. Allie and everyone else that has posted here can contact me at our site at anytime and we will get back to you. We are NOT affiliated with the Yellow Page Publishers. We are a 3rd party organization that contacts the publishers on behalf of people that sign up at http://www.YellowPagesGoesGreen.org to stop the delivery of books. Some of the publishers accept the request and some do not. We have had thousands of signs up and continue to get hundreds per day.

    http://www.YellowPagesGoesGreen.org has worked with organizations around the world in setting up similar sites to stop the unsolicited deliver of telephone books. We are currently working with some local governments on the proper working of ordinances to ban the unsolicited delivery of telephone books and have been contacted by a US Senator who wants to review our registry system.

    August 18th, 2008 at 7:18 pm
    Comment by Philip Cantwell

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