Stop with the phonebooks already

It’s that season here in DC where you’ll walk into your office or apartment building and alluvasudden you’ll be blinded and lost in a maze of yellow pages — stacked precariously to the ceiling outside your main entrance or checkered down your hallway in hopscotch formation.Then you’ll be walking to lunch and notice an unmarked white van stacked chock full of more yellow phonebooks, slowly being unloaded by a disgruntled temporary worker hired exclusively to litter the town with these stupid books until they’re all gone. This has got to be one of the dumbest things we’ve got going. Environmental considerations aside, does anyone still use yellow pages? I don’t think i’d know how to if I tried. Do we just get a little rush from jettisoning last year’s phone book, now caked with dust, and replacing it with a freshly cut book? Admittedly, those books do smell good. But so did the tree that it came from.Let’s start by abandoning phone book delivery to all office buildings, except maybe to barber shops and olde time diners that may actually need them. No self-respecting office with a computer is using a phone book today. That’s why we have the information superhighway.Then we can move on to residences and apartment buildings, and the 5 people who still need yellow pages can sign-up with the phone company to have them delivered. Yes, we should all use more efficient light bulbs to combat global warming, but think of how much energy and how many trees we’d save in one fell swoop by stopping the presses, distribution, and disposal of all those useless yellow pages.

2 thoughts on “Stop with the phonebooks already

  1. Hmmm. I honestly hadn’t thought about it until we moved into our new house. At the rental, we seemed to get a new phonebook every other month or so. Since we moved, we have yet to get a new phonebook, and we haven’t missed it. I have cable internet, so if we need a number I usually just look it up online. I wonder how many trees destined to become phonebooks might be saved, not to mention the fuel burned produce I deliver them…

  2. Consumers can “opt out” of receiving telephone books at They will contact the publishers and inform them to stop delivering books. This is a free service for consumers. is working with state and local governments on ordinances concerning the delivery of unsolicited telephone books. is not against the telephone books but against the delivery of 4 to 5 pounds of paper on people’s door step 5 to 6 times per year and being told it is our responsibility to recycle something we did not ask for. If we need a book we will call. Otherwise I “opt out” from receiving it.

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