Thursday, February 3, 2011

San Fransisco Considering A Ban on the Yellow Pages

One of my best friends worked as the Recycling Coordinator at one of the universities in Rochester. One of the things that she constantly pointed out was that while there are some major things that need to be done in order to help our environment, there are little things that can be done that would add up to significant change. That concept applies in San Francisco as the Board of Supervisors is considering a ban on the distribution of the yellow pages in the city.

This is an environmental issue since the yellow pages are absolutely huge volumes that are delivered to almost every home and business. Since it's often just quicker to look up a number on the internet, however, most people don't use their yellow pages. Plus, the yellow books can quickly become obsolete individuals and businesses sometimes change their phone numbers as they move during the periods between new books being published. As a result, there is a significant amount of waste being done in the production of these books.

Since there are some folks who don't have access to the internet, there is a provision in the bill that a person could opt-in for having the yellow books delivered. For the vast majority of people, however, the lack of the yellow pages wouldn't have any negative impact on their lives. After all, when was the last time you actually went to the yellow pages instead of doing a quick google search. With that in mind, I'm glad to see that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is taking a step towards helping our environment.

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