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Over 500 million telephone directories are printed every year. That is nearly two books for every person in the country. The directories produce a staggering amount of waste, not only in terms of misused natural resources but also in filling valuable landfill space.
To produce 500 million phone books:
Call 1-866-329-7118 and press 1. Be prepared to give a home phone number, name, e-mail address for confirmation, home address. The representative also will ask if and when any AT&T phone books are dropped. The opt out offer is good for three years; however, those who opt out may be contacted yearly to confirm. If the individual cannot be reached by telephone or e-mail, delivery may resume.
Call 1-800-888-8448 and press 2. Be prepared to give a home telephone number, name, e-mail address for confirmation, and home address. The representative also will ask which directories the individual would like to opt out of. Residents can opt out of receiving any or all of the telephone books from Verizon. This is also a three year opt out program.
www.yellowpagesgoesgreen.org will contact the publishers, requesting to "opt out" the individual or business that signs up via their website. It's the responsibility of the publisher to act in accordance to consumers' demands.
Junk Mail opt out:
Opt Out information for various materials/publications:
There is not a national no-delivery organization like the National Do Not Call Registry (www.donotcall.gov). Individual Yellow and White Page organizations state that you can call them and they will put you on a list to not receive books. But they are not held liable or accountable if the book shows up anyway.
Posted July 17, 2009