Annual Phone Book Recycling Event

New phone books are arriving in Modesto and throughout Stanislaus County in October and we have the 4 1 1 on how you can recycle your old phone books.  Residents and businesses can “go green” and recycle old phone books by placing them in either their green “organic waste recycling containers, depending on which service, or in the specially marked collection bins located downtown on 11th Street between J&K Streets, and the Salida Library at 4855 Sisk Road beginning Thursday, October 1st through Friday, October 30th.

Recycling telephone books into new ones helps save our precious resources!  Did you know for every 500 phone books recycled, the following resources are saved?  7,000 gallons of water, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space, 17-31 trees and 4,000 kilowatts of electricity.  That’s enough electricity to power an average home for 6 months!

Please do your part, be green, and recycle those phone books!  Also, if you prefer, you can opt out of receiving your phone book by going to

For more information in the City of Modesto, please contact the Solid Waste Division at (209) 577-5495 or email Vicki Rice at If you are a business and need help picking them up, please call.