Phone Books

Put in Recycling Cart/Bin

Remove Magnets Before Recycling

Phone books often come with magnets, which are not recyclable. Make sure to remove these magnets before placing a phone book in paper recycling.


Dispose of Plastic Bags Separately

Many phone books are delivered in plastic bags to protect them from rain damage. Make sure to dispose of the bag with other plastic bags.

Ways to Reduce

Yellow Pages Book

Opt Out of Yellow Pages

If your phone book sees little use, consider opting out of receiving one altogether. Do so by visiting the National Yellow Pages opt-out site.

Ways to Reuse

Book With Money Inside

Create a Phone Book Safe

Hide money and other small valuables in a phone book. To create a phone book safe, take a box cutter and cut out a rectangle from the middle.

Did You Know?

The Environmental Impact of Phone Books

It takes 7.2 million barrels of oil to produce a year’s worth of phone books in the United States — equivalent to half the oil used by the state of Vermont each year.