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'OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW' PHONE BOOK RECYCLING TAKING PLACE THROUGHOUT MARCH

 PHILADELPHIA, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- During the month of March, more than 800,000 Philadelphia Yellow Pages will be distributed by Bell of Pennsylvania to area residents and businesses, leaving many of them asking what should be done with their old copy.
 Community groups participating in the Partnership Recycling Pilot Project have an answer to that question ... "Recycle them!"
 Seventeen community-based recycling programs will be collecting phone books on Saturdays in March. Through the Partnership Recycling Pilot Project, PhilaPride, as well as the Philadelphia Streets Department, Bell of Pennsylvania and Newman Paper Company, have created this opportunity for residents to recycle their phone books during the same time period that the new ones are being distributed citywide.
 More than 30,000 door hangers promoting the program have been distributed to households in participating neighborhoods. However, all area residents are encouraged to bring their phone books to designated collection sites during the month.
 "In the past, phone books have been difficult to recycle. However, programs such as this one allow us to pull the books from the waste stream and recycle them into usable products," said Mark Viggiano, PhilaPride executive director. "I commend Bell of Pennsylvania and Newman Paper Company for becoming part of the solution to the city's waste disposal problem."
 Last year, more than 18,000 phone books weighing more than 35 tons were collected in the city for recycling. Program managers believe even more phone books will be collected during this recycling drive.
 PhilaPride is a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization dedicated to advocating and promoting cleanliness and attractiveness in the Philadelphia region; creating educational programs and information; designing and implementing waste-management and environmental programs; and promoting the region's assets to enhance civic pride. Founded in 1985 as a joint venture between the City of Philadelphia and Greater Philadelphia First, the organization has grown into one of the nation's model clean-up programs.
 For more information about phone book drop-off locations, call 215-232-3770.
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 /CONTACT: Tracey A. Muldoon of PhilaPride, 215-575-2210/


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