75 million phonebooks are produced and delivered in the UK each year, amounting to an estimated 62,000 tons of annual waste, enough to cover Hyde Park twice!
Add in the cost of manufacturing, delivering and recycling phone books, this equals a totally unnecessary and avoidable environmental burden. The estimated amount of resources wasted include:
- 680,000 barrels of oil (not including petrol wasted during delivery)
- 2 billion litres of water (not including water wasted in the recycling process)
- 250 million kilowatts of energy (not including the recycling process) – equates to enough energy to power 59,000 three bedroom houses for a year
From production to recycling, 62,000 tons of phonebooks equates to 79,360 metric tonnes of wasted carbon emissions!
Working in partnership with Global Action Plan, we’re asking for a centralised opt-in system for phonebooks, giving the UK population the choice to reduce the cost of producing unwanted and un-needed phonebooks.
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