What an impact this could have!

If I had to guess, I’d say I get at least a half dozen different phone books dumped on my front porch a year.  Nevermind the fact that I haven’t actually opened or used on of these things in more than five years.  It annoys the crap out of me.  Mainly because it is a huge waste of paper, but also because, while I do have recycling pickup in my area, it doesn’t account for paper products.

Imagine my delight when I stumbled across this website.  I hope it gets the message across:

Yellowpagesgoesgreen.com was started because we are continually bombarded with Yellow and White Page directories at both home and office. The movement is not intended to stop the use of such directories, but to eliminate the unsolicited delivery of the books. If we want a book we will call and order one.

Over 500 million of these directories are printed every year. That is nearly two books for every person in the country! These directories produce a staggering amount of waste, not only in terms of misused natural resources but also in filling of valuable landfill space.

To produce 500 million books:
19 million trees need to be harvested
1.6 billion pounds of paper are wasted
7.2 million barrels of oil are misspent in their processing (not including the wasted gas used for their delivery to your doorstep)
268,000 cubic yards of landfill are taken up
3.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity are squandered

The cost associated with the delivery and disposal of these books is exorbitant. Unfortunately, these unsolicited costs fall heavily on consumers. Why are we paying for something that was delivered to our homes and offices that we did not ask for?

Sign up now and STOP THE MADNESS!

2 thoughts on “What an impact this could have!”

  1. While you may not want to hear it, the stats shown on the site are pure fiction. For example, the industry doesn’t harvest 19 million trees. The reality is the Yellow Pages industry doesn’t knock down any trees for its paper!!! Let me repeat that – we don’t need to cut any trees for our paper supply. Currently, on average, most publishers are using about 40% recycled material (from the newspapers and magazines you are recycling curbside), and the other 60% comes from wood chips and waste products of the lumber industry. If you take a round tree and make square or rectangular lumber from it, you get plenty of chips and other waste. Those by-products make up the other 60% of the raw material needed. Note that these waste products created in lumber milling would normally end up in landfills. Not only that, as wood chips decompose, they emit methane, a greenhouse gas closely associated with global warming. Paper manufacturing thus puts these chips to good use. Many paper providers will also use 5% or less of recycled directories in their paper creation.

  2. I’d be interested in seeing how you came up with those numbers. Do you work for the yellow pages?

    Those phone books are not being recyled in any large numbers, in relation to the number that exist and are continually being created. Many neighborhoods in this area accept aluminum and plastic as part of curbside recycling, but few pick up paper products. The ones that do require any paper items to be bundled and tied and I’ve yet to see that catch on.

    So, for the most part, these directories go straight to the trash, and ultimately, the landfills. Sure, there is probably a handful of people that religiously make the effort to cart off all of their directories to a place that accepts them for recycling, but my best guess would be that number is miniscule. And further, why should it be MY responsibility to make sure these books, which I do NOT want, which are dumped on my porch every other month or so, are recycled?

    Seems to me reducing our waste is the bigger issue. Littering the world with unused phone books is not conducive to that in any way.

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