Recycle your phone books during April

provided by I Love A Clean San Diego County, Inc.

n an effort to recover tons of reusable paper, Pacific Bell Directory, the City of San Diego Environmental Services Department and I Love A Clean San Diego County, Inc. are teaming up to encourage residents and businesses to recycle their old phone books.

Until April 30, 1997, residents may call (800) 953-4400 to find the nearest phone book recycling location. Residents who have curbside available may recycle their phone books by simply placing them into their recycling bin on their regular recycling day.

Businesses with 100 or more phone books should contact their waste hauler or recycling service for pickup options. Businesses with fewer than 100 phone books are encouraged to take their books to the business recycling locations.

Although Pacific Bell Directory's primary use for the old phone books is to make new phone books, they are investigating other options for the old directories. Teaming with a paper mill in Pomona, California, and Gilmore Envelope Corporation, Pacific Bell Directory now has bill envelopes, stationary bond, file folders, note pads and tablets created from the old phone books collected during their recycling events. Each month residents will receive an olive-green envelope which is made from at least 50 percent old telephone directories. One Pacific Bell Directory provides enough stock to make 300 envelopes!

Pacific Bell Directories are made with bleachable dyes and inks, non-UV coated covers and gelatin based glues which help to make them recyclable. Two-thirds of the directories' paper is made with 40 percent post-consumer recycled fiber.