Feb 23 2009
We need an opt-in program for phone books to make sure we’re not producing a product that few people want, that mostly goes straight into the recycling bins. As longtime readers of this blog will note, I’m a bit cranky on this topic, starting a Facebook page on it, The Yellow Pages Must Be Stopped, last year to protest what I see as an obsolete product for a digital age.
I was on CBC radio this morning (if someone can find a link to it online, please send me it!) and my take on this issue is outlined in today’s CBC online, Residents demand companies end phone book deliveries:
Jonathon Narvey was tired of seeing stacks of directories sitting unused in his apartment lobby, so he went online to share his gripe with others and started a Facebook group called “The Yellow Pages must be stopped.”
“I understand they are recyclable and I understand they’re made from recycled products, but the energy that goes into making a product that very few people want just seems to me a huge waste of resources,” Narvey told CBC News.
Now that the listings in the books are published online where most people can easily access them, Narvey wants to see providers change their distribution so people would have to request a book to get the printed version.
Seems like a good idea, yes?