End phone book pollution
Like locusts, they descend upon us every year yellow and heavy and not needed in todays digital world. Dropped onto our mailboxes, driveways and curbs, whether we want them or not, the annual delivery of phone books continues on.
The phone book is a dinosaur. Like the buggy whip, the Yellow Pages went out of need and fashion a long time ago as people discovered how easy it is to find business information on the internet.
Many friends and colleagues that I have talked to do not use paper phone books and dont want them delivered to their homes, offices or businesses, where they end up in trash cans or recycling bins. We have called the phone book companies several times to opt-out of deliveries, yet the book is still delivered to our house.
Based on quick online research, there are over 500 million phone books that are published every year, with 8.3 million of those books printed for Oregon. Of this amount, approximately 80 percent end up in the trash, with 660,000 tons going into landfills.
The energy and resources used to create and deliver millions of phone books annually, along with the impact on our landfills, is a serious sustainability issue that needs to be addressed in our region and state.
In recent years, some cities have established the opt-out approach, which as noted earlier has not worked for us and still does not stop the delivery of phone books to the many households that dont need or want them.
A more recent consideration has been to establish an opt-in approach, whereby phone books are only delivered if requested by an individual. This option seems to have the most promise, and cities or states should be able to tell all communications companies that no phone books are to be delivered unless specifically requested by a homeowner.
Our state Legislature has been considering the phone book issue and its waste of resources, energy and land for several years. Yet I understand that no legislation has been passed. As a citizen, business owner and city planner, I think it is time to add phone book pollution to the list of sensible sustainability initiatives that should be addressed by our state.
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(Dave Berg says he will run for mayor of Lake Oswego, May 13): David will be an awesome choice for mayor. Being a business owner in Lake Oswego, I will love knowing David is minding the store.
Dave is highly qualified to become LOs next mayor and I wholeheartedly support his candidacy. As a longtime member of the Citizes Budget Committee, he has a great grasp of the many fiscal challenges facing our community. Ive observed his leadership skills in chairing this committee and have great admiration for how well he works with everyone, regardless of their particular position on an issue.
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