With the internet at the palm of our hands, information is just a few clicks, taps, or swipes away. Because of this, many do not need to look in the phone book to find an address or phone number anymore. Yet, the phone book still comes in the mail. Aside from being seemingly redundant when we can have this information in seconds on our handheld devices it is also an extreme waste of resources. Each year the phone directory industry uses an estimated 4.68 million trees worth of wood fiber to produce the phone book that most individuals now trash without a second thought. On top of that, nearly $60 million is spent by local governments annually to recycle or dispose of unwanted phone books.
Seeing this immense waste of time, money, and resources Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) has released a “toolkit” on a national level to help people “opt-out” of receiving the phone book. The process is free, easy, and simple. First, visit the Yellow Pages Opt Out website (https://www.yellowpagesoptout.com/). Then, enter your zip code and create an account. After you have completed the registration, click “opt out of or order directories”. Finally, choose the “opt out of all” option, then hit “save changes”, and lastly, hit CONFIRM. Doing this will take less than 5 minutes but it makes a huge impact! With just a few clicks you can reduce paper usage, lower greenhouse gas emissions, save taxpayers’ money, and send a message to distributors about reducing waste.
Please consider opting out of receiving your phone book today. It’s free, simple, easy and it can make a WORLD of difference!