Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Phone Book Guilt

Posted by on Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 9:19 AM

This photo was taken outside my apartment building a while back.

Uninvited mountain of paper.
  • Uninvited mountain of paper.

Every time a Yellow Pages appears outside my apartment door, I get a little sad.

It just seems so wasteful — using a whole brick of paper to print information I already have at my fingertips and plopping it, uninvited, at my doorstep. It's like saying here's your share of dead tree guilt! Enjoy!

On top of that, I didn't sign up for it in the first place. I haven't had a land line in years and I haven't needed a phone book since I learned to spell Google.

(I mean, I enjoy a good tow truck or bail bondsman ad as much as the next guy, but I don't need a 5-pound brick of them every 6 months.)

So I started wondering — can I unsubscribe from phone books like I unsubscribe from spammy newsletters?

And then I stacked the new phone book on top of the others next to my front door and went back to thinking about comic books, racquetball, gummy bears...

... until this article about a proposed city-administered phone book opt-out in Seattle renewed my interest in the subject.

Turns out you can, in fact, unsubscribe from phone book delivery by searching by area code.

So I did. Next time, that giant pile of pulp outside my apartment will be one phone book smaller.

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