CPUC orders Verizon to stop white pages delivery

June 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
You could be seeing fewer phone books being tossed into the garbage soon. The California Public Utilities Commission on Monday approved a measure that stops the automatic delivery of white page directories by Verizon. Instead, Verizon customers will only get the white pages if they make a request.

The "opt-in" provision was approved as a way to cut paper waste.

"You see it right up front, you have layers and layers of these phone books and nobody uses them and invariably they end up is in the garbage can and that's something that should never happen," said St. Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco.

Yee wants to expand the opt-in change to all white page phone book producers throughout the state. Yee plans to reintroduce a bill vetoed last year that would make it easier for residents to also opt out of yellow page directories.