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Yellow Pages: Now Illegal?


G5 is located in Bend, Oregon. Right in the heart of one of the greenest (lots of trees) and green-minded states in the entire country.

So it's shouldn't come as a surprise that we, as a company, do everything we can to be more energy efficient and environmentally aware.

For example:

- We all bring in our own coffee cups

- We all bring in our own water bottles

- We all bring in our own beer mugs (for our famous G5 Kegerator)

- The company only purchases post-consumer recycled paper products

- We have a compost container that is emptied weekly

- We have incentives built in for our employees that carpool or cycle/walk to work

- We recycle religiously as a company

- A percentage of the energy we purchase for our building is obtained through 'green' methods

- We have a special committee (the Green Team) to initiate environmental changes both to our building and company-wide - Perhaps most importantly, we're doing our part to put the Yellow Pages out of business.

That's right. As we've mentioned many times before, the Yellow Pages are less likely to be used for local research. The Internet is quickly replacing them in that all-important local search process.

As this has become the case, concerned citizens have seen unused phone books pile up at their homes and places of business.

In a state as eco-conscious as Oregon, this distresses people. So, the legislation begins.

According to BlueOregon.com:

The Legislative Assembly finds that the annual, if not more frequent, distribution of hard copies of telephone directories by multiple publishers to persons at their residences without first determining whether such persons want or will use the directories constitutes both a waste and misuse of paper and natural resources and a harm to the environment without justification. The Legislative Assembly declares that it is in the public interest to establish a prohibition on the distribution of hard copies of telephone directories unless a person specifically requests the delivery of an identified telephone directory. (2) A person may not distribute a hard copy of a telephone directory to another person at the other person¢s residence in this state unless specifically requested by the other person to do so. A request under this subsection may be made in writing or submitted using the Internet.

If this passes in our state, it could easily move on to other states. It is, in essence, treating phone book sellers in a similar manner as a spammer, or, more famously. the telemarketer 'do not call list' made famous a few years back.

It also, however, makes a point to ensure the green effects of not printing phone books are noted.

Interesting times, indeed...