The Pinellas County Phone Book Recycling Drive offers many convenient options. Residents of nine cities (Belleair, Clearwater, Dunedin, Indian Rocks Beach, Largo, Oldsmar, Redington Beach, Safety Harbor, and Seminole) may recycle phone books in their curbside bin with “mixed paper”. There are also 43 drop-off locations available around the county. In addition, there are over 300 SP Recycling (fundraising bin) drop-off sites; one may be at your child’s school. A complete listing (Phone Book Recycling 2010) is attached, or may be viewed online at www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/PDF/phone-book-sites.pdf.
Each year, over 500 million telephone books are distributed nationwide—enough to circle the earth four times! A common myth is that phone books cannot be recycled, but they are 100% recyclable. Your old phone book can be recycled into insulation, cereal boxes, paper towels, or new phone books.
You can cut waste if you are getting more phone books than you need. At home, you probably don’t need multiple sets of books, which is what you will receive if you have more than one phone line. At the office, co-workers can share phone books instead of receiving individual books. Another option is to use online listings instead of a hard copy. You can sign up to stop receiving phone books at http://www.yellowpagesoptout.org/. Another way to opt out is to not have a land line phone. 25% of American households are already choosing this option.