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Phone Book?..Chuck it in the Bin..the Recycling Bin.

Baulkham Hills Shire 'Recycling Willy'
Phone books seem to get bigger and bigger and yet probably aren't used that much now. Mobile phones mean people store numbers on their phone (except our Mum who can't be stuffed!) or they use the internet to search for a number. Think how much paper we'd save if we didn't print the White Pages?

However, it's not all bad. The phone books made by Sensis (an Australian company) contain at least 40% recycled paper and a further 45% woodmill waste timber.

Just put your phone books in your recycling bin!
Directories are recycled into cardboard boxes, pet litter, wrapping papers and a range of other recycled paper products. You could even reuse them yourself before recycling, use it as fire kindling or even shred the sheets to keep your pet guinea pig, hamster or rabbit warm.

The easiest way to recycle them is to just pop them into your recycling bin at home - ours has a yellow lid, but yours might be different. If your council doesn't have a recycling bin service, go to:

Something to think about before you throw that paper in the bin.....
~ If you put paper in your normal bin, it goes to landfill. There, it makes methane which is a really bad greenhouse gas which causes global warming.
~ Manufacturing recycled paper uses 90% less water and 50% less energy than making it from trees.

What we should really do is to only deliver them to people who request...and pay for them! Most people now have the internet where you can get people's phone no's. Yellow Pages is good though for businesses though.

General Paper facts:
Use recycled paper and print on both sides.
For every 100 reams (packs) of recycled office paper that is printed doubled sided, you will save:
* two trees
* over one tonne of greenhouse gas
* a cubic metre of landfill space

By Imogen Wadlow

See Alastair's story on recycled paper.

Information sourced from:
Recycling Near You:
Sensis -

Phone Books:
Willy & recycling bin: Baulkham Hills Shire Council
Yellow-top recyling bin: Wollongong Council