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What Do I Do With My Expired Telephone Directory?

  • Check With Your Community Programs
    • Many local and state recycling facilities now accept phone books, maybe even through your curbside program. Telephone directories are recycled into new directories, as well as:
      • Insulation Materials
      • Roofing Surfaces
      • Grocery Bags
      • Paper Towels
  • Remove All Contaminants 
    • Any restrictions on phone book recycling are due to your phone book being littered with material that can contaminate the recycling process, such as plastics and magnets. Please check with your local and state guidelines for recycling to ensure you have prepped your phone book properly before tossing it in a bin.
  • Can’t Recycle – Then ReUse
    • Use to start a fire in your fireplace.
    • Press flowers.
    • Use shredded pages in your garden to help keep weeds down. The paper is biodegradable and will eventually break down.
    • Shredded phone book pages can also be used as a substitute for packing peanuts, which are not biodegradable.

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