Holiday shoppers asked to recycle phone books


Think Yellow. Go Green.

The Berry Company, publisher of The Black Book, Howard County Directory, will host a recycling event at The Mall in Columbia on Saturday, December 14.

Between the hours of noon and 2 p.m., 93.1 WPOC-FM will be at the mall's main entrance handing out prizes for local residents that bring their outdated telephone directories for recycling. The 2014 Black Book will be distributed to all residents and businesses in December.

The event is part of the company's Think Yellow, Go Green recycling program. Over 900 tons of outdated directories have been collected through the Think Yellow, Go Green program across the nation. This is the first year the program has come to Baltimore.

"We are dedicated to keeping directories out of landfills in Baltimore and across the country," said Laura Cole, Berry's Vice President of Marketing. "While out holiday shopping, we encourage residents to bring their outdated directories for recycling. We hope the community will stand behind our efforts."

Howard County Environmental Services will be recycling the phone books. Environmental Services accepts phone books for recycling year-round. Residents can recycle outdated directories in their curbside bins and at the Alpha Ridge Landfill (2350 Marriottsville Rd). Black Book directories are 100 percent recyclable, recycled directories from the Think Yellow, Go Green program can be converted into material such as new paper, home insulation and mulch.


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