Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Do You Want Your Yellow Pages?

A week ago our council started a new recycling system, one of the changes that was brought in was their ability now to deal with Yellow Pages. Which the couldn't do in the past. So 75% of the paper in the paper recycling box was old Yellow Pages that had been gathering dust and taking up space under the stairs. 5 of them. 4 of which had never been opened. Bit like my copy of War and Peace.

Next day guess what turned up on my door step. Right in one, an unwanted copy of Yellow Pages. I took the above photo a couple of days later so you can see that I am not alone in wishing that the person who dumped the copy on my door step had asked first. If you walk around you will notice that there are copies of YP left lonely and unwanted and a massive waste of money as well as shortening the life expectancy of the planet by years. (This mindless distribution of YPs takes place every year through out the "civilised" world.

Isn't it time to stop?


Central User said...

If you register via Junkbuster (http://www.junkbuster.org.uk/) you can opt out of receiving Yellow Pages.

My experience is that it works, sort of.

A couple of weeks ago, I heard a thud as something came through the letter box. A couple of minutes later the door bell rang. The lady who had rang it said, "I am terribly sorry, but I've just put a Yellow Pages through your door, but understand you don't want it. Please could I have it back?".

Either a cunning plan to circumvent the opt-out scheme or a genuine mistake. I am not sure which.


Steve said...

What gets me with unwanted yellow pages, etc, is that there seems to be a small percentage of people that don't want it, but won't pick it up an throw it in the recycling bin. Weeks after it's been delivered, it'll still be sitting there next to their letterbox. No-one is going to come along and take it away for them and it's not going to magically disappear. The IKEA catalogue is coming our soon, it'll be the same with them. There'll be unwanted catalogues sitting in peoples front yards for weeks.