- Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series of recycling tips from Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland. Got a question or idea for a recycling tip? Contact Jarland at 630-208-3841 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fifteen years ago, phone books were a valuable source of information. Today, not so much.
An increasing number of Kane County residents are turning to online search engines while their phone books sit unused. Unfortunately, the companies that produce yellow pages haven’t kept up with this trend — most residents continue to receive phone books on their doorsteps, sometimes multiple times per year.
Unwanted phone books are a nuisance and a waste of resources.
- Each year the phone books industry uses up an estimated 4.68 million trees worth of wood fiber, or 14 football fields’ worth of forest per day.
- The process of printing and delivering that unwanted phone book to your doorstep produces greenhouse gases equal to burning 8.8 pounds of coal.
- Directories are a burden on local governments throughout the nation, who pay a combined $60 million annually in recycling and disposal fees for unwanted phone books.
That’s why Kane County is joining the Product Stewardship Institute in the #GetOffMyDoorstep campaign. We’re standing united to encourage residents to take three minutes to opt out of getting a phone book.
Here’s how you can opt out today:
- Visit yellowpagesoptout.com
- Enter your zip code and create an account
- After completing registration, click “opt out of or order directories”
- Choose “opt out of all” option, then “save changes” and hit CONFIRM
Have questions? Contact email@example.com to learn more.
More recycling information can be found at www.countyofkane.org/recycling.
Got a question or idea for a recycling tip? Contact Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland at 630-208-3841 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE: Kane County Recycles, Product Stewardship Institute
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