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    Question recycling phone books?

    Just want some advice on where in Honolulu is best to recycle phonebooks...I know that some groups seem to have phonebook collecting drives, and I'd like to contribute mine to the pile! Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by AbsolutChaos; March 4th, 2005 at 05:50 PM. Reason: grammatical errors

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    Revisiting an old but still relevant topic (and one of my older posts!)...

    Here's a link to recycling those old phone books this year:
    http://www.htyellowpages.com/

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    I have a trunk full of phone books and I thought I'd get a school recycling program going, but I am not going to drive them out to Campbell Industrial Park for Island Recycling to weigh them and credit my school. Talk about a waste of gas and time.

    I'm thinking of putting them up on Freecycle before loading my trash can.

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    Or you could fold EVERY page and turning it into Christmas Tree decorations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai
    Or you could fold EVERY page and turning it into Christmas Tree decorations.

    Or I could tear them in half and impress the kids. naaaaah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavagal
    Or I could tear them in half and impress the kids. naaaaah.
    LOL!! That would impress me.

    We just throw our old phone books into the curbside recycle bin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lavagal
    I have a trunk full of phone books and I thought I'd get a school recycling program going, but I am not going to drive them out to Campbell Industrial Park for Island Recycling to weigh them and credit my school. Talk about a waste of gas and time.

    I'm thinking of putting them up on Freecycle before loading my trash can.
    I hear ya! I was happy to find there was some effort to recycle phone books here on the island, and I was hoping that my info. might benefit someone who lived closer to the area (which isn't me either). Right now my old phone books continue to sit in my living room, getting in my way. I don't have access to any curbside recycling bins, though my bldg does provide a place to recycle regular paper, glass, and aluminum, which is nice.

    Perhaps there'll be alternative sites for recycling phone books mentioned at the upcoming Recycling Fair at Blaisdell this weekend (Nov. 4-6)...it's going on 1pm to 5pm Fri, 9am to 5pm Sat, 10am to 3pm Sun, and is free. This fair is claming to be a vast resource of knowledge for recycling.

    If anybody happens to attend this fair and learns of a location in Honolulu where phone books can be recycled, would you please let me know?

    Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by AbsolutChaos; November 2nd, 2005 at 06:30 AM.

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    Default Re: recycling phone books?

    I keep my previous year's phone book because sometimes people will convert their "listed" number into an "unlisted" one and having an old phone book handy is a good way to "stay connected".

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe
    I keep my previous year's phone book because sometimes people will convert their "listed" number into an "unlisted" one and having an old phone book handy is a good way to "stay connected".
    If they don't have email, they're dead to me.

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    Noticed yesterday that at the Dole Cannery Building there is a sign saying you can add your old phone books to the big ol' stack that's already there so that recyclers of phone books can pick them up at their leisure...

    The stack is on the first floor near the entrance that is across from the movie theatre bldg.

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    Revisiting this thread because once again I've gotten new Paradise Yellow Pages and was hoping some new info had come to light about where to recycle the old ones here in Honolulu. Anybody conducting a phone book recycling drive?

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    My condo building asks residents to leave phone books on the floor of each floor's trash room. Employees then pick them up for recycling. I hope some organization benefits from these books but must admit I've never asked. I really appreciate how convenient building management has made it.

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    I used to go around to all my neighbors and collect their old phone books. They make great litter/bedding for the rat cages. Which makes me wonder if animal shelters might be able to put them to use?

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    hi this is sansei and in response to absoultchaos.my second sister since she work's at a school that she used to take them and have them give it to someone to recycle only the school she work's at doesnt take it so we put it into our trash can and let our rubbish men take them and to update everyone here when the new phone book's for oahu will come out,it will come out about the second week of december about the 8th and they'll continue to distribute the new oahu phone book's until everyone here get's one.

    also for Maui and the big island,both will come out about the start of next year so i thought to share this with everyone.

    well thank's for your time

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    Default Re: recycling phone books?

    use it as a door stop. darn things are so heavy.

    make one of those christmas book trees out of them?

    no? well, actually we take them down to the mixed recycle bin at the school parking lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kani-lehua View Post
    no? well, actually we take them down to the mixed recycle bin at the school parking lot.
    I wasn't sure if mixed recycle bins accept them, according to this...
    http://www.opala.org/solid_waste///w...ere_table.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbsolutChaos View Post
    I wasn't sure if mixed recycle bins accept them, according to this...
    http://www.opala.org/solid_waste///w...ere_table.html
    shoots! we're doing the wrong thing. they have pics on the bins. i'll have to go and double check. sorry for the confusion.

    we just got our new mixed recyle bins for kailua. i'll double check on that as well because the program starts in november.
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    hi this is sansei and i just did a little research on oahu phone book white page's and cant seem to find any new print of the 2009 phone book for white and yellow page's so im assuming it'll come out after the phone book's have been delievered so i thought to share this with everyone.

    well thank's for your time

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    There should be an expiration date on the phone books because they seemed to overlap on their years.

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    hi this is sansei and this morning we finally got our extra two set's of the 2009 oahu phone book's and i e-mailed the phone book section to let them know when the people who delivered it that in my e-mail was my one request for two set's and this morning we finally received them and it came by fed-ex so i called to say thank you and they appreciate it by saying merry-xmas to me and our family so i thought to share this with everyone.

    well thank's for your time

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    I found your thread during a search today on what do to with my phone books. I thought this would help everyone!

    "We recommend disposal with the your regular trash. We've determined that these low-grade, low-value papers provide greater benefit in local energy production than in shipping to distant markets to made into new paper products. We target the higher value recyclables with stronger, stable markets to collect for recycling.

    Our waste-to-energy facility receives your trash and incinerates it to produce electricity, which we sell to HECO. Currently the HPOWER facility generates 7% of Oahu's electricity and plans are underway to expand its capacity with a third boiler. Waste-to-energy reduces waste to the landfill, just as recycling does, and it contributes to our island's energy sustainability, displacing the need for fossil fuels. Our overall plan to reduce waste to the landfill involves both increases in recycling and waste-to-energy, and balancing both to the best benefit for the island.

    We tried for years to collect telephone books for recycling, but the markets simply did not support it. Our local recycling companies had difficulty moving the material year after year. Some years were okay, some were quite costly. The telephone directory companies from time to time invest in attempts to recover the used books for recycling, but it's been inconsistent. You could contact them to inquire about any programs this year. Our position maintains the better advantage is in local energy production."

    Irobela H Wreagh, Recycling Specialist
    City & County of Honolulu
    1000 Uluohia Street, Suite 212
    Kapolei, HI 96707
    (808) 768-3425
    iwreagh@honolulu.gov

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    PS that answer from the city came today, so it's very current.

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    Hey Diane...welcome back!

    I wonder if the C&C is experiencing a 'bust' in recycling phone books.

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    Default Re: recycling phone books?

    Quote Originally Posted by Diane Ako View Post
    PS that answer from the city came today, so it's very current.
    Thanks Diane! I am so irritated at the amount of phone books we get! It's absurd. I love the "mobile" book from one of the companies, how many
    people are really going to carry that thing in their cars?

    Much aloha and a very happy new year to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by leashlaws View Post
    I am so irritated at the amount of phone books we get! It's absurd.
    Wasn't there a law passed that required "opt-in" to get phone books? Maybe that's why Hawaiian Tel distributed a set in December - to be the newest phone book before the new law kicked in.



    Quote Originally Posted by Diane Ako View Post
    "We recommend disposal with the your regular trash. We've determined that these low-grade, low-value papers provide greater benefit in local energy production
    That's fine. Just make sure you toss them into a trash container that gets routed to HPower and not direct to the landfill. (That's not easy to tell.) Or that HPower isn't shut down for annual maintenance when you do it.

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