Phone book recycling pickup now at 15 tons and counting

December 05, 1993

More than 15 tons of used telephone books have been collected in this year's recycling program, and county officials are still counting. The curbside pickup program, which began Oct. 25, will continue through Dec. 17.

Last year, the first year for the cooperative program between Harford County and Bell Atlantic, yielded 24 tons of phone books for recycling, according to Becky Joesting-Hahn of the county's environmental affairs division.

She said this year's program has been extended into December to allow for the collection of Baltimore-area directories as well as Harford County books.

A ton, which consists of about 600 telephone directories, can be recycled into 30,000 egg cartons or 26,600 square feet of ceiling tile, Ms. Joesting-Hahn said.

Residents participating in the county's regular curbside recycling campaign should place Harford County and Baltimore phone books in separate blue plastic bags for curbside pickup along with regular recyclables.

Residents and business owners not served by the curbside program can drop off their old phone books in the Beard's Hill Shopping Center parking lot in Aberdeen.

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