Phone books are among the many items currently accepted as part of Sugar Land’s curbside recycling program, but residents can better protect the environment by eliminating delivery of unwanted phone books.
Although most people are delivered phone books regularly, many end up in the garbage due to the increased availability of the same information on the Internet. Despite technological advances, the production of phone books is on the rise.
A free service allows residents to control the number of Yellow Pages telephone directories they receive or to stop delivery entirely. The process is simple, register at www.yellowpagesoptout.com/ and select the directories no longer needed.
Consider the following:
• There are more than 7,000 different titles of yellow pages.
• About 540 million telephone directories are distributed each year.
• There are enough phone books created each year to measure 106,700 miles when lined up end to end. This means they would circle around the earth about 4.28 times!
• Just 500 recycled books could save between 17 to 31 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 463 gallons of oil, 587 pounds of air pollution, 3.06 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,077 kilowatt hours of energy according to the American Forest & Paper Association
• About 80 percent of all U.S. paper mills use some recycled material in their manufacturing service. It is estimated that about 200 mills use only recycled material.
For those still receiving phone books, older editions may be recycled at the curb on designated days or at one of Sugar Land’s two recycling drop centers located at 113 Gillingham Lane (Macco Park) and 4802 Scenic Rivers Drive. (formerly 4802 Oilfield Rd). These facilities are open 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
For more information on the newly expanded recycling program, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/solidwaste.