Sure, phonebooks are useful for some things, like keeping a door propped open, but with internet databases, the books have long been regarded as wasteful and outdated by environmental organizations, including recycling and sustainability non-profit Keep America Beautiful. According to local KAB affiliate Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and YP Real Yellow Pages, it’s the time of year to opt out of receiving phone books. To do so, visit to register your household. KTMB also notes that old phone books can be recycled through curbside recycling.

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