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- 3161 days ago -
Recycling and Re-purposing Old Phone Books, Opt-out Programs Want to know how to recycle or reuse your old phone books? Tired of receiving them altogether? Here are some tips for how to do all three.


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Shelly P (5)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 3:14 am
These are great tips. Thanks!

Maya B (2)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 5:21 am
i use phone books for my dog's litter box :D

Ann Eastman (31)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 8:24 am
Most of these tips are great, thank you. I wonder about the safety of chemicals in the dyes and inks used in phone books, however, especially if used to help make compost for vegetable beds.

Maryl R (1)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 12:44 pm
The papier-mâché is a great idea, my son has a papier-mâché project and I thought I would have to buy a few newspapers, but not any more. Thanks for the tips.

Judith C (159)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 2:47 pm
good ideas

Em H (11)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 2:51 pm
@Maya: Great idea! I might add that one (I'll credit you unless you say you'd rather I didn't)

Em H (11)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 2:52 pm
@Ann: Good point. I'll ask a composting expert I know & get back to you

Em H (11)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 2:54 pm
@Maryl: Glad that gave you an idea!
@Judith: Thanks

Em H (11)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 2:59 pm
& Heather, thanks

Bonnie B (103)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 3:55 pm
Thanks! I get way too many of these. Always recycle them, but rather they saved the trees by not printing them! I did the opt out! Hope it works!

josie batlles (44)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 4:04 pm
They are a nuisance and what is the need for them when you can get the telephone directoires online these days? they should not give everyone these phone books as a matter of course..only if requested...such waste of paper...thank you very much for an interesting article x

Em H. (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 4:48 pm
@Ann: I've asked a chemist who said that, no, you should not compost pages (or newspapers). I've updated the article. Thanks!

Em H (11)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 4:55 pm
Jo and Bonnie, glad it was helpful. I know doing the research was useful me. I hope the opt-out works, too!

. (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 4:58 pm
@Maya B.
You gave me a great idea with using the phone books as litter box liners. I will use them for my birds cage.

Anne K (139)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 5:34 pm
Thanks, Em!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 6:55 pm
Way too many phone books, I am overwhelmed. It is hard to recycle them but I loved the ideas for using them.

Sylvie M (46)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 7:55 pm
I don't know if this is only in Paris or in all of France, but here, a pack of new phone books is delivered each year in the lobby of every building. Residents are invited to take one copy, and to bring the old version down in the lobby. When "all the new books are up and the olds are down", they are collected to be recycled. This has been going on for about 4 or 5 years here, and it's a great idea...... because even if we may now use internet etc. to find a phone number, it's often much quicker to just open the phone book than to power up the PC, open the browser, type the name etc etc.

Julie P (154)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 9:22 pm
How many numbers does anyone look up in a year? If I'm looking for one I check online. You can easily query by business and city, so really I don't think these huge books should be printed, except for people who specifically request them as they don't have computers. I read the average person receives 1000 pounds of junk mail in their lifetime. Add the yearly phone books and that's a lot of paper being processed unnecessarily. I like this opt out option, I'm going to check for it in Canada.

Em H (11)
Tuesday August 24, 2010, 11:19 pm
Sylvie: That really is a great idea. Too bad it isn't more common.
Julie: Seriously, how often are phone books actually used? Hope you find a program!

mr Crowley (23)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 12:11 am

Terry B (649)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 4:58 am
Maybe someone could confirm this as I have not been inside a private home in France since I lived there in the 70s, but I have heard that they do not even have phone books any more and that private telephones have a sort of monitor so that phone numbers are looked up just as if you are on-line, even when you have no computer.

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 5:31 am
In Greece I haven't seen a new phone book in ages - the phone company prefers to have you call directory assistance so they can charge you.

Roberta Z (16)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 8:16 am
I personally like the old fashioned telephone books. It gets used more often than looking up a number on line. The local convenience center (trash and recycle) takes used telephone books every year.

Em H (11)
Wednesday August 25, 2010, 1:52 pm
Updated version is here, btw:

Ioana Vasilescu (5)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 3:12 am

Linda S (1)
Saturday August 28, 2010, 4:56 pm
I tried to opt out, but received a message that I waa not authorized to open the opt out page. What's going on???
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