DC Phone Book Waste

Look! Phone books! Wow. I cannot believe they still make those things. I guess there are still couches missing legs. Or maybe it’s a cheap way to heat when firewood runs low.

This is Washington DC, we are all online. Why are there still phone books? And who still uses them? You? Why, pray tell!

All I see are dead trees, killed, wasted for useless blocks of pulp that in the case of my apartment building, wound up tossed in the recycle bin.

4 Comments so far

  1. Stacey (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 11:37 pm

    These things are ALL OVER my apartment building. It’s not just DC, NoVA too.

    I’m okay with printing them (but don’t know who uses them much anymore expect for probably low income – i.e. no internet available – and elderly who don’t get online), but it should be at the person’s request so they don’t waste so much money!


  2. Jack (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 9:06 am

    Hey, look at it as a jobs program. Advertisers pay, printers make money. They’re made with the bottom of the recycled paper chain, so if they didn’t print these, who knows where this stuff would go.


  3. Tiff (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 9:35 am

    That doesn’t mean I want them left, unsolicited, on my front stoop every other damn week.


  4. TheDude (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 10:07 am

    I’m willing to guess that it’s because phone companies are required to print them because of some old, out-dated law(s).



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