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Old 04-30-2013, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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I got mine yesterday. Another was brought today. Isn't it time to quit making these? I can't remember the last time I needed one. They can keep the small yellow pages ones for business but the white pages aren't really necessary any longer. I think I get 4 a year now. Just a waste.
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Old 04-30-2013, 09:49 PM
 
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101 Alternative Uses For Phone Books

101 Alternative Uses For Phone Books
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Interior AK
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101 Alternative Uses For Phone Books

101 Alternative Uses For Phone Books
LOL - I loved #101 "Make a list of all the companies wasting money on color page ads in phone books that should be using those funds for a more sustainable marketing strategy, get clients in those same niches to rock and roll!"

It amazes me how many thousands of dollars get wasted on print advertisement, especially in something like the phone book... yet these same companies have a web page that contains no useful information and looks like a 3-yo with epilepsy designed it using MSPaint and FrontPage

(I designed print and multimedia for several years in a previous life and I love quality print... but the phone book hardly qualifies. It's about as unique and artistic as a tv guide --- which is another bit of obsolete print!)
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:56 PM
 
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With the kids when they were younger mine was #23, Booster seats.

After every meal I'd just rip off a few of the top pages and volia! a clean booster seat for the next meal and in the winter just take those dirty pages and use them to start the fireplace....
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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didnt know they still even made them.
havent had on in the house for decades.
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Old 05-02-2013, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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I think if you don't have a land line phone number you might not get them. I don't even let it get inside the house, it goes right into the recycle bin.
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:31 PM
 
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WhitePages estimates that 5M trees need to be harvested each year to print ~147M white pages phone books. And the costs to recycle these books each year costs taxpayers an estimated $17M.
Ban the White Pages Phone Book! - The WhitePages Blog

NOTE: The above statistics are roughly 4 years old....
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:48 AM
 
Location: Interior AK
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Phone books make awesome high-insulation monolithic walls. They're like really small strawbales And you can tear out the pages and use them as chinking on log and cordwood walls, too. Or TP in an emergency.

Luckily, where I live, you can only get phone books at the telephone companies (3 of them, with multiple books each!), phone store, post office and some banks. They don't automatically drop one on your doorstep or in your mail box.
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:50 PM
 
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#44: some old folks who grew up in rural areas will remember the Sears catalog was used for this purpose.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:43 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Even when I was a kid...before Dallas even had 10-digit dialing...our residence pages came in 3 volumes and the yellow pages came in 2 fat books. All of the phone books stacked up in a pile were over a foot tall. And this was 25 years ago.

I have no idea how big phone books would be now; I haven't had a land line since 2008 and I signed up online to not receive phone books. So far I haven't gotten any. When I was living in Europe I got them dumped on my front step or shoved through my mail slot pretty regularly; even in smaller cities, the directories were massive and there was no need for them, especially in the UK, because BT's online directories were really thorough.

To add insult to injury, my local council in the UK would not accept phone books for recycling. I don't recall if you could recycle them in other countries. Luckily, you CAN recycle them here in north Texas.

Personally I think you should have to opt IN to phone books rather than opting OUT, and you should be charged a nominal fee for them. That'd cut a lot of that waste real quick.
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