When the new one arrived, I used to throw the old ones, complete with plastic packaging, into the dustbin. My thoughts turned to the festering telephone directories in the corner of the room and I found myself wondering what the options were.
Most areas in the UK have readily available recycling containers for paper and newspapers doted around and many areas have kerbside collections of paper.
Yellow pages are more tricky fellas to dispose of as the UK has different facilities depending on area. You can put old Yellow Pages to good use by donating them to participating schools for the Yellow Woods Challenge. Some councils accept Yellow Pages at the kerbside, some have recycling facilities at the local civic amenities site (ours go in with cardboard at our local site). Finding the information for your area can be tricky, but there is a database on the yellow Pages site, although I’m not sure how up to date it is.
Like the BT telephone book I decided that cancelling the Yellow pages was the way forward for us.
The challenge with these directories is that there appears to be no centralised opt-out system like there is for junk mail.
There is currently an online petition to call for an opt out system for all directories in the UK. I have just ent BT an email to cancel our phonebook as it is still sat here in its platic wrap and last times we had to unwrap to put in the recycling. As I said on another posting, despite having cancelled both the yellow and white pages, they were both delivered! My anger at the Yellow pages resulted in me being given the hat of local Community Champion with a mission to help neighbours recycle rather than bin redundant Yellow Pages.
Last week the White pages was squeezed through my letter box and luckily we were in to witness it. Poppy, although frustrating for you, it’s good when something like this moves us towards positive action.
Your training course is evidently top notch – we’ll have to send more people to you! Have just sent an email to Thomson Directories ([email protected]) to cancel future deliveries. I had a letter from Thomson last week, which says they have been informed that I don’t wish to receive their directory, with a big sticker to put on the door to remind the deliverers when they come round. The opt out for stopping directories on the web no longer exists but this is the advice from the Essex CC web page. By not receiving telephone directories, you can help to save a vast amount of paper every year. Simply Being Mum: Found this post while trying to find a pasta brand that wraps in recyclable plastic!

There was a day where the Yellow Pages phone directory had a coveted spot in every home and phone booth. With Chiu’s proposal people who need a phone book would still get one and the city would get a breather from the tonnage of waste.
Yellow Pages arn’t red by anyone anymore neither are there websites delivering any real quality.
Frankly, I think better targeting and marketing by the yellow book people would resolve this conflict because they DON’T need to be sending ME any more phone books. My problem with the yellow pages is that there are way to many scams associated with people claiming they are from yellow pages. Besides me having to deal with rip off people using their name, i have not needed the yellow pages in many, many, many years. For the past few years they have sat unloved and unwanted in the corner of the office until the new one has come along to replace it.
I certainly would not have one delivered through choice – they are a totally wasted resource in this house.
The Yellow woods challenge is run by the Woodlands Trust and local authorities across the UK.
In other areas the county council will take them back if you take them to their offices and in some areas Community Champions volunteer to be a drop off point for Yellow Pages.
However, a friend of mine gave me a telephone number to stop them completely which is 0800 671 444.
75,000 of tonnes of phonebooks are produced every year and many never make it out of the plastic before going straight back into the landfill.
Is it easy to recycle your Yellow pages or how have you got on with opting out of receiving them – has it worked for you? How many times have you heard that or said…WEEE (electronic goods) Have you ever wondered what that symbol of a crossed out wheelie bin is on packaging…Talk Have you got a great idea about reducing waste?
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Responding my crys of woe, junior grabbed the offending book and ran dwon the road to the departing deliverer to give it back! The school collections for yellow pages are a good way to use them up, but stopping at source is better. You’ve provided a wonderful service to your local community and the environment by being a Champion.
I wrote to congratulate him and he was concerned that the opt out people would go into their office on Monday morning to see 1000 new opt out mails LOL! Looked out of the bedroom window this morning and I see yellow dotted around everywhere I look! Some companies seem to absorb me constantly returning things to them – BT is one of the worst offenders AND they keep increasing their prices.

These days, however, a huge number of phone directories go straight from the doorstep to the trashcan. That’s why San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has proposed a bill to stop the unsolicited drop off of these books. Falk is backed by a coalition of local business owners who are speaking out against the proposal.
Will Chiu’s proposal actually hurt local small business, or is this an idea that should be put in place all across the US? If you compare the volume of junk mail to phone books in a single year junk mail wins hands down. Yellow Pages are only focused on getting a lot of (bad) traffic to there website so they can sell that to advertisers that haven’t realized they dont get real value for there money.
They say they are from the yellow pages and want to verify information, then weeks later send you a bill and say they have you recorded saying you agreed to something (paying them money), that you never did agree to.
School design art projects with old Yellow Pages and are in with the chance of winning money for their school, along with donations to the Woodland Trust for tree planting. Does your local council provide a good…Zero Waste Week 2013 Welcome to the sixth National Zero Waste Week! Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.
I saw a copy on a doorstep and finally remembered to look it up to see if they have anything to say about it. Plus the percentage of junk mail going to the trash or recycling is much higher than a single phone book. The real shift direcoties should make is puting the profit of there customers in front instead of off there one. I’m driven by success and knowing that the leading edge can be wrong more times the not. Besides, do any of us know the long term effects of electronics notbonly on the environment, but on our bodies and health? As marketing entrepeneurs we need to see the ways different demographics purchase products and services, or we probably will negatively impact the purchasing power of this group, consumers are not all the same.
The print Yellow Pages are still a very important way for the older demographic to aquire all types of information. I for one, plan on using all new and old ways in marrying consumers with buyers to the best advantage for my clents.

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