Reader Alisa sent us the following question:
How do you stop phone books from showing up at your door? I don’t need a new phone book every year. I hardly use the one I have. What a waste of paper!
Oh, Alisa, I understand your frustration. Just last week I picked up one of the three delivered to my home in a year and tossed it straight into the recycling bin.
Unfortunately, I have no good news for you. Despite all of my efforts over the past couple years, I have been unsuccessful at getting any of the three to stop bringing them to me. I have called customer service agents at the publishing companies, been told that I have been removed from a list, only to find it delivered again 12 months later. In all cases, the phone books are thrown onto our front porch by a person in a van who has no distribution list. Everyone gets one. Period.
There are a number of petition sites online that promise to pass your loathing along to the publishing companies that produce these books, but most of them appear to be ways to obtain your e-mail address for spamming purposes. So, I have no hope to offer you.
I want to open up the comments, however, to our readership who may have some sort of special knowledge about how to get off the lists. Or, maybe our readers have fantastic ideas for what to do with the pages to not make it a complete travesty of wasted paper. Let us know what you know in the comments!