Phone Books

Local governments are increasingly recognizing that phone books are a voluminous waste. The following resources and videos are specific to phone book product stewardship and recycling.

King County and Seattle residents can opt-out of unsolicited mail and phone book delivery through Catalog Choice.

The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) is working to reduce unwanted phone books and increase their recycling. PSI has information on phone book action in communities in California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Missouri, Washington, Oregon, and New York, as well as an infographic on how many phone books go to waste (PDF).

What Corporate Free Speech Means for Yellow Pages in Seattle. Sightline Daily, Apr. 8, 2013.

City seeks rehearing of Yellow Pages case. City of Seattle News Release, Nov. 15, 2012.

Appeals court rules against Seattle's curbs on yellow pages. Seattle Times, Oct. 15, 2012.

San Francisco Bans Unsolicited Distribution of Yellow Pages. San Francisco Department of the Environment Press Release, May 17, 2011.

Seattle first in U.S. to mandate choice on yellow pages delivery. Seattle City Council News Release, May 2011.

Sick of that phone book at your door? You’re not alone, KOMO News Seattle, June 28, 2010.