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Refusing to Have Phone Books Delivered Hurts Oregonians! An emailed response to my Yellowbook rant:
Before I begin, let me state that I have no phone books in my house and every time I get one, I immediately recycle it.
I get what you're trying to do with your anti-Yellow Pages posts and I don't completely disagree. I just want you to be aware of some information that you may not know — a company in Portland Oregon, RR Donnelley and Sons, prints all of the phone books for the entire United States. In the last 5 years, this facility which used to run 5 of the largest printers in the world has atrophied down to 3 printers, thus reducing its staff by approximately 30-some percent. These are people that are now out of work and unable to provide for their families as a result of people like you opting out of receiving a phone book at their homes. The decrease in demand for phone books has also decreased the demand for delivering phone books and a similar percentage of drivers are also out of work.
I know phone books are not convenient for everyone and are often viewed as waste, but I want you to consider the bigger picture in this situation and think of those lives that are impacted directly when you choose not to receive a phone book.
Just another one of those that choose to recycle their phone books and ride a bicycle in Portland,
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