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How to opt out of the Yellow Pages

phone book picture

Your phone experience probably goes something like this: you come home to an orange plastic bag with a thick book inside, sitting on your doorstep. You bring in the bag, unwrap the book, and promptly recycle it.

The phone book isn’t anything you ask for – it just kind of appears.

The National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice & Opt-Out Site can put a stop to those automatic phone book deliveries. I type in my own ZIP code and found that I’m eligible for four phone books, which is four too many. By signing up with the Opt-Out Site, you can say “no thanks.”

The site’s how to recycle section is a little anemic. We would’ve liked to see more information on what type of paper phone books use, and which recycling bin makes the most sense. But the association released a sustainability report that outlines more of their environmental philosophy.

Where to recycle books in Jackson

We got this note from Jim Rossman at Commonwealth Associates:

Northwest Refuse accepts books. They were very accommodating when I showed up with a pickup truck full. They helped me load the boxes of books onto a pallet set atop a fork lift truck.

I also contacted Recycle Ann Arbor. They have two methods of recycling books. Books to be recycled into pulp product are to be taken to their South Industrial Rd. site (734-662-6288; Mon-Sat 9-5; Sunday 10-2). Books (no encyclopedias) suitable for re-use may be dropped off at their 2950 E. Ellsworth Rd. facility (Mon-Sat 9-5). I was told that there is a drop-off charge of $3 at the E. Ellsworth Rd. facility. I believe there is a charge levied at the S. Industrial Dr. station, as well.

Thanks for the tip, Jim!

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