Do You Still Use the Phone Book?

yellow pages, phone booksOver on Grist, Claire Thompson asks the important question "Is it time to get rid of phone books?"

Personally, I can't even believe we don't have a national opt-out program in place for phone books. Are you kidding me? This seems so obvious a way to cut down on mega-waste...


Some phone companies and states are implementing “opt-out” phone book programs, similar to telemarketing do-not-call registries, but, if you ask me, there's no time like the present when it comes to our environment.

I can't even wrap my head around the amount of tree waste and then disposal waste created by annual phone book publications alone. Awful. And, according to the Grist post,"only 15.9 percent of U.S. adults recycle their old or unwanted phone books." Ugh!

Obviously, it's probably not a good idea to completely get rid of paper phone books altogether. Not yet. There are still a lot of people who can't go online, for one reason or another.

However, here are a few things you can do about phone books today:

  1. Properly recycle phone books you do get.
  2. Sign's Ban the Phone Book petition.
  3. Opt out on, and they will contact your local phone book publisher for you.
  4. And per Grist, "If your area doesn’t have opt-in or opt-out programs yet, you can lobby your local government or landline provider."


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