OK — you don't even have to be a shameless treehugger like me to appreciate this. You only have to be a person who's tired of receiving phone books and turning around and placing them directly into your recycle bin because you get everything you need from the internet. That's pretty much a solid 80 percent of us, yeah?
So here it is: Four numbers and one Web site you'll want to visit to opt out of phone books for the next two to three years. (Sucks — you do have to re-up the opt out periodically.)
DEX — 877/243-8339 — I called this one today and it took about four minutes. The receptionist actually thanked me for my "conservation efforts." A surprise, because I thought that these companies were getting hammered by declining ad sales as more and more people realize they're somewhat obsolete — I thought they'd be perhaps trying to convince folks not to opt out.
And the other three I haven't called yet:
ATT — 866/329-7118
Verizon — 800/888-8448
Yellow Book — 800/373-3280 or 800/373-2324
Click here to sign up to remove your name from a national list.