Now that the new Telus phone directories are hitting local doorsteps, the Regional Waste Reduction Office reminds Central Okanagan residents to recycle old phone book.
Waste reduction facilitator Rae Stewart says phone books are being delivered to area residents and businesses in the Central Okanagan over the next few weeks.
“Together, these phone books weigh over 166,000 kg. If all of them were tossed into the landfill they’d take up the equivalent space of 60 large dump trucks,” Stewart said.
“By recycling instead of tossing out your old phone book, you’re sharing in the solution—diverting waste from our limited landfill space and turning it into a valuable resource.”
She adds that many residents are now opting to get their information online, and if so, are reminded to unsubscribe from publications no longer required.
Stewart says the old phone books are mixed together with other household paper products at Cascades Recovery, a local recycling facility on Cambro Road. There the paper is compacted and shipped to numerous recycling mills who make products like roofing felt, more newspaper and paper egg cartons.
Simply put your old phone books in your cart for recycling and place your cart at the curb on your regular recycling collection day.
For more information, call 250-491-2242.