13 May '11, 1pm
Fact of the Day: About 660,000 tons of phone books end up in landfills every year. Try these tips to ditch the waste
Directories contain everything from numbers, to maps, to coupons. The pages are made from recycled paper and wood fiber waste such as sawdust and wood chips that might otherwise go unused. Unfortunately, we often fail to close the loop and recycle them. About 660,000 tons of phone books end up in landfills every year. Get Started Be proactive and find the nearest recycling facility that accepts phone books. Earth911′s recycling locator can help you with that one. Carefully follow your program’s instructions to prepare the book – you may have to remove the magnets, plastics and any other non-paper additives. Try creative reuse options, such as covering the phone book with fabric to make a booster seat or door stop. Opt out of receiving a phone book all together. Become a Pro Instead of purchasing packing peanuts, use shredded or balled up phone book pages to protect your it...