In the digital age of online directories and web-based search engines there is less demand for phonebooks. As a result, many delivered phonebooks go straight from the doorstep into the recycle bin. This past October, the Seattle City Council was the first city in the nation to require an opt-out registry for phonebooks. Seattle’s new phonebook Opt-Out Registry is expected to be available starting in 2011.
Seattle Public Utilities estimates that nearly 2 million yellow pages phonebooks are dropped off in Seattle every year, costing approximately $350,000 to recycle. By opting-out of unwanted phonebooks you can help stop waste at the source and save natural resources.