Friday, October 30, 2009

Yellow Books and Halloween - I can tell you how to get rid of one.

Ah, the yellow pages. No matter how many times I move, those hefty tomes seem to follow me everywhere I go. I moved into a new place last month, and I was rejoicing over the fact that the previous owner hadn't left stacks of old ones hidden in a drawer somewhere. But just when I thought I was safe, it happened. A Yellow Book. On my doorstep. In a plastic bag.

The funny thing is that I don't even have a landline, but apparently that doesn't make a difference.

However, with a bit of effort, it turns out that I can rid myself of them forever. You can go to YellowPagesGoesGreen and enter your mailing info to opt out of delivery. I also found this blog that lists all of the numbers needed to call to opt out of receiving unsolicited phone books.

Depending on where you live, here are the numbers:

AT&T/YellowPages (formerly SBC and Bell South):


Verizon (Idearc):




Yellow Book:

1.800.373.3280 or 1.800.373.2324

This left me with the problem of what to do with the yellow book I already have. I went to the Yellow Book Recycling Directory and entered in my zip code to find a place to recycle it. In Seattle, the phone books can go in the regular commingled recycling, so check with your municipality first to see if the same rules apply where you live.

Here's to only finding trick-or-treaters on our doorstep next Halloween!

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