Fall has officially come to the Central Coast and the fall colors are all around us. Trees are turning amber shades, voters are changing from blue to red, or red to blue and orange telephone bags are fading in the sun at our mailboxes.
My question isn’t about the foliage or the political color change but about those darn phone books. Why do we need so many? What happened to the days of one phone book? Do we really need seven or eight phone books? In a time when most of us access needed phone numbers from our cell phone carriers or via the Internet, aren’t all these printed bundles a waste of a tree?
There are six mailboxes at my road and 5 out of 6 have had the same phone book orange bags sitting at them for over two weeks. They’re not only at the mailbox but some phone book deliverer’s venture to the front porch and leave another bag. It’s out of control as far as I’m concerned. I’m sure most people take a look at the bundles and pick the one that will best suit their needs or buy a bookshelf to house them all. Why don’t we get a choice in the amount of books that are sent? If the providers would simply survey the customers in advance as to whether they need their particular book we could truly save a tree or two.