CleanScapes Tip: Opt out of phonebooks

Monday, January 10, 2011

What phonebooks are being delivered these days in Shoreline and LFP and what experiences have you had trying to opt out of them?  Tell us about it.

Phonebook Opt-Out

In the digital age of online directories and web-based search engines there is less demand for phonebooks. As a result, many delivered phonebooks go straight from the doorstep into the recycle bin.

This past October, the Seattle City Council was the first city in the nation to require an opt-out registry for phonebooks. Seattle’s new phonebook Opt-Out Registry is expected to be available starting in 2011.

Right now, you can opt-out of receiving phonebooks by using Yellow Pages Opt-Out.

The Big Picture

Seattle Public Utilities estimates that nearly 2 million yellow pages phonebooks are dropped off in Seattle every year, costing approximately $350,000 to recycle.

By opting-out of unwanted phonebooks you can help stop waste at the source and save natural resources.

Reduce, Reuse and Win! Do you live in Shoreline? Learn how you can help your community win the 2010/2011 Neighborhood Waste Reduction Rewards competition!

Do you have a great idea or community waste reduction project? Tell us your story! Email the CleanScapes waste reduction team.


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