Yellow Pages Goes Green: Movement Against Unsolicited Phone Book Delivery

 yellowpagesgoesgreen.org

Yellowpagesgoesgreen.org is an organization working to educate consumers and promote the green movement to eliminate the unsolicited delivery of Yellow and White Pages books. The site is aimed at starting a national movement to solicit the White/Yellow Pages industry to proactively stop the delivery of books or to begin moving legislation to mandate the stoppage of this activity. This movement should be similar to the National No-Call Registry that have stopped and/or decreased the number of unwanted solicitations telephone calls to consumers.

A college student who was renting a house in Liberty, Missouri founded Yellowpagesgoesgreen.org. The number of telephone books delivered to the house was overwhelming and the work required to recycle them was daunting. When he spoke with his neighbors they all told him they just threw them away. Due to the use of technology, he felt these books were now outdated. However, he understood that some people may still want them and felt the best way to limit this tremendous waste was to mimic the National No-Call
Directory
. Additionally, he wanted this site to serve as a depository for information and educational issues concerning the green movement.

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? 

Your support is needed to help raise awareness and spark change in an industry that continues to wreak havoc on the environment. Technology has developed to a point where we do not need unsolicited telephone directories. By adding your name and pledging your support, we can make a change!

Yellowpagesgoesgreen.com is helping municipalities and local governments around the country establish ordinances to mandate Yellow Pages and White Pages only be delivered to home and offices that ask for them.  Municipalities and local government that provide trash services are extremely concerned about the landfill cost and why they have to absorb the cost of handling the telephone directories.

1.) Local governments are looking to establish an Ordinance of $5 per book to the telephone companies for the delivery of unwanted books that end up in the trash and take up valuable landfills. 

2.) An alternative Ordinance being looked at is to require the telephone book to be delivered in a plastic bag and the directory company has to come back the following week to pick up the old book that has been placed in the reusable bag.

3.) Building and Property owners are banning the bulk delivery of Yellow and White Pages to their facilities.  They are tired of having to handle the books and the cost associated with the ones left over and old books that end up in their trash dumps.

4.) Some Cities and Towns are looking to stop the delivery of Yellow and White Pages books and are using their litter laws as the tools to enforce their efforts.

Yellowpagesgoesgreen.com asks the question “Why do we get three to four pounds of paper dropped on out front door four to six times per year by various telephone directory companies and we are supposed to dispose of them?”  Stop the nonsense and the cost placed on the consumer.  If we want a book we will request one.  If we do not want a book delivered, stop delivering them!

Yellowpagesgoesgreen.com will contact the local telephone company and provide them with your name and address and tell them to stop the nonsense. 

Via yellowpagesgoesgreen.org

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