No More Paper Phone Books?

California State Senator Leland Yee introduced a bill today that would stop doorstep delivery of white-pages telephone directories in California unless a customer opts to receive it. Under the proposal, telephone companies would have to get a customer’s consent before a white page directory could be delivered. The bill doesn’t specify how, but Yee envisions a toll-free number for customers to call. Cleveland and Miami have adopted similar local laws. Telephone books reportedly represent 660,000 tons of waste per year. An Environmental Protection Agency report states that not publishing phone books reduces greenhouse gases by about three times as much as recycling.


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