Did you know that over 500 million phone books are produced every year? That's nearly two phone directories printed for every person in the U.S.! According to Yellow Pages Goes Green, 19 million trees are used and the discarded phone books take up 268,000 cubic yards of landfill space.
Yellow Pages Goes Green is a campaign for the movement against unsolicited phone book delivery and a campaign for moving legislation to mandate the stoppage of this activity.
Most residences receive more than one phone book and many people, not knowing what to do with the unwieldy tome, simply throw them away instead of recycling. The movement is not intended to stop the manufacture and use of phonebooks, but rather to provide them only to those who request/order one.
What goes into making 500 million phone 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
Help raise awareness! Visit the Yellow Pages Goes Green website for more information, a link their blog, and an Opt Out link to sign up to say, "I don't want a phone book, thank you!"