How many phone books do you get throughout the year? Two? Three? Some folks report getting four different phone books, of which several may wind up in the trash because there is currently no local provision for recycling them. Is there a way to opt out of their delivery?

The question
How many phone books do you get throughout the year? Two? Three? Some folks report getting four different phone books, of which several may wind up in the trash because there is currently no local provision for recycling them. Is there a way to opt out of their delivery?

The answer
AT&T Environmental Manager Jim Troup says citizens can limit the phone books they receive by using an opt out web page. A recycling program may be coming in spring 2012, he said.

“Go to www.yellowpagesoptout.com and follow directions to the page that shows the phone books in your area,” Troup said. “You can chose the directories that you do not wish to receive.”

Troup said requests must be made three months in advance to take effect and that the selection process “works 99 percent of the time.”

“The opt out is good for three years and then you are automatically back in for the books,” Troup said. “Phone books come out on June 22, 2012, so make your choices by March 22, 2012.”

Troup said customers may also call 1-800-866-329-7118 to opt out of just the AT&T phone book.

Troup said he will be working with Second District County Supervisor Ed Valenzuela to create a phone book recycling program next year. He said AT&T phone books are now 100 percent recyclable.

“We had a successful recycling program in Redding through the library,” Troup said. “We paid 10 cents for every phone book.”

Troup noted that alternatives to printed phone books are www.yp.com and www.realpages.com on the internet.