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Are Phone Books Becoming a Thing of the Past?

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The City of Fargo has started its annual phone book recycling campaign. Yellow containers have been placed throughout the city for residents to deposit their old phone books.

There is no question recycling the yellow pages is the right thing to do, but should so many have been printed in the first place? How many people still use phone books versus "Googling" addresses and phone?

Valley News Live went around town to find out. What we found was a mixed bag of responses.

One person said the smaller phone books were what she used. But others said they would rather use their cell phone than have one.

Sheila Jordan of Fargo said, "We use our phone book every once in awhile if I need to look up a phone number or the phone number is not plugged into my cell phone."

The people we talked to are not using phone books for everything, if they do use them. They use them to find a number here and there or to look up a business location.

A few people told us if they had Internet or a smart phone, their use of phone books would decrease more.

So if people are not using them as much, should companies like Dex still be printing as many?

Jordan said probably not. She said, "We do live in an apartment, and there were, when the phone books were delivered, there was a pile of them sitting in our entryway."

But Dex says it is not cutting back right now. It does, however, have apps for things like iPhones, iPads and Androids.

A Dex spokesperson told us the digital age is expanding and that is where they are heading with a full head of steam.

If you decide you do not want to be listed in the phone book, simply click on this link: https://www.yellowpagesoptout.com/ 

There you can enter the information you want removed.

For more information on the Fargo recycling program, visit www.FargoRecycles.com.

You can also contact Jennifer Pickett, Recycling Supervisor, at 701-298-6944 or jpickett@cityoffargo.com with any questions.

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