The internet has been killing the phone book for many years and the release of the iPhone in 2007 was the coup de grâce. By 2009 most people had the internet and a large number of people had iPhones or some other “smartphone”. Starting in 2009 phone books should have only been available by request and possibly for a small fee. San Francisco is always rated the first or second greenest city in the US and one of the top 10 greenest in the world. San Francisco is also the birthplace of Earth Day. Nearby Berkeley and Oakland are also among the top 10 greenest cities in the US. Few people want and use phone books in 2012 but even in San Francisco phone books are still being printed and delivered to every residence with multiple copies being provided to businesses. If an apartment building has forty units they deliver forty phone books and only two or three people will take one. The remaining phone books sit in entryways and lobbies, sometimes for months, or they litter the sidewalks and streets.
San Francisco please stop this environmental waste and lead the way and make it illegal to distribute handbills / door hangers, phone books, free newspapers and free magazines. Make them only available by request and subscription.