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Oahu phone book recycling drive generates 86 tons

By Associated Press


A month-long drive to recycle old, unwanted phone books on Oahu has generated nearly 86 tons of recyclable waste.

Officials for Hawaiian Telcom Yellow Pages and its sales agent say more than 170,000 directories were deposited at four drop-off points at malls around the island.

Officials say the directories will be recycled in several different ways. Some of the books will be used to generate fuel for Hawaiian Electric Co.

The drive is part of a "Think Yellow, Go Green" campaign also happening in other states, including Alaska, Kentucky and Nebraska.

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Tony91 wrote:
They still make phone books?
on February 23,2013 | 04:56AM
Allenk wrote:
They still deliver them to our house whether we want them or not.
on February 23,2013 | 06:04AM
marc_collins wrote:
How many of these 'old' phone books were never used?
on February 23,2013 | 05:13AM
awahana wrote:
I stopped using phonebooks around 5 years ago. And I'm old.
Please stop delivering them.
on February 23,2013 | 05:30AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Between the Hawaiian Telcom and Paradise Pages, we're killing trees unnecessarily. I can't remember the last time I used a phone book. Maybe a good idea would be to have both these organizations query how many would like to have a physical phone book delivered so they can produced the right number of books.
on February 23,2013 | 05:38AM
username_required wrote:
These books should be available on an opt-in basis. I don't have HT service, but I get their phone books anyway. People who buy ads year after year, why?
on February 23,2013 | 06:28AM
aomohoa wrote:
I said that to my husband and he said it will well never happen because people pay to advertise. I don't get why they don't just advertise in the on line phone book?
on February 23,2013 | 03:27PM
bikemom wrote:
I think it comes as a package deal.
on February 24,2013 | 07:38AM
Nalochun wrote:
you can opt out of yellow pages at https://www.yellowpagesoptout.com/ also can contact Hawaiian Telecom to opt out as well.
on February 23,2013 | 07:17AM
serfboy wrote:
So I made a special effort to go to a drop-off location and it's going to be burned (or could be)? I could have thrown in the trash and saved on gas!
on February 23,2013 | 10:52AM
steveoctober wrote:
Agreed. Absolutely ridiculous.
on February 23,2013 | 12:58PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
on February 23,2013 | 03:43PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
I thought I saw an article in SA a couple of months ago that stated phone books cannot be recycled. When you drop them at these recycling drives, they're taken right to the dump (or HPower). It has something to do with the grade of the paper. The article said something to the effect that whether you recycle or throw them away, they're going to end up in the same place. Does anyone else recall this? For me, they go from my front porch to my grey curbside can. I wonder what percentage of distributed books are used for their intended purpose. 20%? 40%?
on February 23,2013 | 01:57PM
aomohoa wrote:
Funny I didn't read your post before I said the same thing:)
on February 23,2013 | 03:28PM
aomohoa wrote:
The last article on the phone book said they are not recyclable.
on February 23,2013 | 03:25PM
sloturle wrote:
no need!!!! we get internet!!! waste pepa and lose money!!
on February 24,2013 | 06:10AM
Anonymous wrote:
Nowadays, if we're talking yellow pages, why would a company pay for an advertisement in a book that's never read?
on February 24,2013 | 07:26AM
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