Nova Scotia

Needed or not: Phonebook headed to HRM

The Yellow Pages phonebooks are showing up on local doorsteps again.

The Yellow Pages phonebooks are showing up on local doorsteps again.

The way people use phones is changing, but the annual phonebook delivery hasn't changed.

When the book shows up on some doorsteps, it may never even make it in the house.

"I usually go online and look everything up, I just find it's a lot quicker and just as convenient," said Nancy Latimer.

Yellow Pages phone books will be delivered to 300,000 homes and businesses in Halifax this year.

Each Yellow Pages and White Pages combined have about 1,200 pieces of paper in them—that's about 360 million pieces of paper for a book some people may never use.

According to officials at Yellow Pages, one in two Canadians use the book every month. The company is turning its attention to mobile and online editions.

"I still do, I still use it. I bring it in and I refer to it when I need to," said Edna Longaghy.

Even though it's recyclable, there's still room for improvement.

"Recycling, still whether it's a bottle or a book, consumes resources so better not to produce it in the first place if you can avoid it," said Mark Butler of the Ecology Action Centre in Halifax.

Yellow pages encourage people to opt out if they don't use it, which can be done on its website.

"Ideally it would be great to have it the other way around, so instead of opting out, you could opt in," said Butler.

Butler had a few creative suggestions if a phonebook is not needed.

"An impromptu booster seat although I don't know if it would pass safety," Butler said with a laugh "And I guess for propping things up, maybe for that dried, pressed flowers or pressed plants."

However it's used, the latest edition of the Yellow Pages phonebook is on its way over the next couple of weeks.