Say No to Phonebooks
We’ve talked about phone books and Yellow pages a lot on myzerowaste.
Many of us have opted out of receiving them, but still find them on the doormat when we get home. Some of us, mentioning no names, have been known to chase the delivery person down the street, wielding the directory like an axe in their direction!
It seems the number may finally be up for the phone book thanks to the “Say No to Phonebooks” campaign team.
75 million phonebooks a year are dumped on Britain’s doorsteps and as the Say No To Phonebooks organisers point out, many of us no longer use them. They are campaigning for an ‘Opt IN’ method rather than people having to opt OUT, which makes far more sense to us!
According to their You Tube video, to create those 75 million phonebooks requires
- 680,000 barrels of oil
- 2 billion litres of water
- 248 million killowatts of electricity
and leaves 62,000 tonnes of waste at the end of it! They estimate only 60% of telephone books are recycled.
The campaign is supported by the Global Action Plan, It’s Not Easy Being Green and, according to the Guardian, a member of Hammersmith and Fulham council in London who has calculated that it costs his local authority £15,000 a year to collect and recycle discarded directories.
If you think telephone directories should be opt IN, rather than opt OUT, then sign the Government petition.
Out of interest; when was the last time you used a paper phonebook to look up a number?