2012 Waste Figures Affirm YellowPagesGoesGreen.org Stance Against Yellow Pages Paper Directories

As nationwide paper waste statistics continue to climb, YellowPagesGoesGreen.org issues call to arms in support of green movement in digital information distribution.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that 840,000 tons of telephone directories went into the municipal waste stream in 2008.

Print directories are often out-of-date within weeks of their publication and use up valuable natural resources in both their creation and disposal

(Northport, NY) (PRWEB) November 08, 2012

YellowPagesGoesGreen.org, a massive business directory website at the forefront of the environmentally-conscious “Green “movement, is stepping up its efforts into 2013 by informing the American public of the serious danger posed to the environment by the rampant paper waste generated by our planet every day; an utmost concern being the outdated use of print telephone directories in an age of readily-available digital information distribution.

An innovator in digital business and telephone directory listings as well as a strong advocate for staunch environmentalism, YellowPagesGoesGreen.org is a cutting-edge website delivering over 28.5 million up-to-the-minute listings of businesses throughout the United States and Canada. “Print directories are often out-of-date within weeks of their publication and use up valuable natural resources in both their creation and disposal; YellowPagesGoesGreen.org is a fast, convenient, and simple way to access the information you need to find the goods and services that you want. Users not only have the ability to search listings, but to add their own, and monitor those listings for changes or ratings” said Michael Keegan, Chief Executive Officer.

With fully-functioning, downloadable Apps also available for both Apple and Android-powered digital devices, including smartphones and tablet computers, consumers can have the power of the YellowPagesGoesGreen.org in the palm of their hand wherever they go” he added.

Paper directories have long been a source of pollution and waste in society, and information that has come to light in multiple 2012 surveys further serves to confirm this fact. Greenwaste.com offers a staggering amount of statistics that clearly document the hazards posed by the sheer amount of paper waste the world creates, and the obvious benefits of recycling it. According to Greenwaste.com, each ton (2000 pounds) of recycled paper can save 3.5 cubic yards of landfill, 17 thirty foot (pulp) trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, and 4100 kwh of energy.

While the benefits recycling paper speak for themselves, The DailyGreen.com reports that paper accounts for 25% of landfill waste, and one third of municipal landfill waste; Statspotting.com adds that paper waste accounts for up to 40% of total waste produced in the United States each year, which adds up to 71.6 million tons of paper waste per year in the United States alone. Clearly, many people are not pitching in to make the Earth a greener place to live, and the damage that is being done to our environment in the name of endless paper consumption is leaving our future as a race in doubt, unless we band together to do something about it now.

However, according to The DailyGreen.com, recycling alone is not the answer; even with that avenue being explored by paper manufactures, our planet will continue in its headlong spiral down the destructive path or environmental damage because of one undeniable fact- demand for recycled paper will exceed supply by 1.5 million tons of recycled pulp per year within 10 years.
What can a few sheets of paper do to harm the environment? A great deal, according once again to The DailyGreen.com, who states that 42% of the industrial wood harvest is used to make paper; the paper industry is the 4th largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions among United States manufacturing industries, and contributes 9% of the manufacturing sector's carbon emissions.

If the United States cut office paper use by just 10% it would prevent the emission of 1.6 million tons of greenhouse gases -- the equivalent of taking 280,000 cars off the road.

However, according once again to The DailyGreen.com, recycling alone is not the answer; even with that avenue being explored by paper manufactures, our planet will continue in its headlong spiral down the destructive path or environmental damage because of one undeniable fact- demand for recycled paper will exceed supply by 1.5 million tons of recycled pulp per year within 10 years.

Statspotting.com reports in their 2012 survey that worldwide consumption of paper has risen by 400% in the past 40 years leading to increase in deforestation, with 35% of harvested trees being used for paper manufacture.

The solution is readily apparent- consumers concerned with saving the Earth must opt-out of local print directory delivery in 2013 and beyond and embrace a more effective and green way of serving their business needs.

About Yellow Pages Directory Inc.,
YellowPagesGoesGreen.org and PaperlessPetition.org offer an environmentally-friendly Web-based alternative to paper telephone directories while providing a simple and convenient mechanism for customers to opt out from the receipt of printed yellow books. Both sites have been instrumental in promoting opt-out awareness across the United States over the past several years, and allowing users to reduce their own environmental footprints in the process. Yellow Pages Directory Inc. has also taken steps to reduce its own impact on the environment through the use of the most up-to-date and energy-efficient web-hosting services available.

For more information please visit http://www.YellowPagesGoesGreen.org


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