Recently, I came home and found a Yellow Pages book wrapped in a plastic bag on my doorstop. I thought to myself, with the Internet and mobile searches, who uses the Yellow Pages anymore? I kicked it inside and added it directly to my recycling pile.
The next morning I found my neighbors must have had the same thought, except instead of putting it in their recycling piles, they put the books directly in the trash to end up in the landfills. Grrrr!
This made me realize what a gigantic waste of paper and plastic those books are. They aren't asked for and aren't used, not once. We must stop this madness.
Thankfully, I came across a site that helps you opt-out. Yellow Pages Goes Green was founded in April 2008 by a college student who was renting a house in Liberty, Missouri, and was sick of being bombarded by phone books.
Similar to the concept of stopping junk mail, the site lets you sign up and request no more local Yellow/White Pages delivery to your home or business. An electronic feed notifies the Yellow/White Pages distributor in that area to cease and desist. (Note: It may take up to one full delivery cycle before the books stop.)
According to a representative from the site, "Some of the publishers accept the request, some have asked for the file to be reformatted, and some say they do not have to listen to the individuals." For those publishers who are uncooperative, they are "adding some teeth" to the request by working with government agencies toward making such distribution actually illegal.
Don't let the site's name mislead you, Yellow Pages Goes Green is not in any way associated with the makers of the Yellow Pages (and it should be noted that the Yellow Pages website does offer a ZIP code search to find a place to recycle the books).
Yellow Pages Goes Green is a grassroots campaign effort to tell the Yellow and White Pages producers that their products are wasteful and people resent having the books forced upon them to deal with disposal. This is the one time when free is not good.
About 500 million Yellow and White Pages phone books are produced each year, costing 19 million trees and wasting 1.6 billion pounds of paper, according to Yellow Pages Goes Green.
The site is currently close to having 100,000 sign-ups. Save a tree, or rather a forest, by adding your name to the list.
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