With environmental advocates in Evanston running into opposition to a plan to ban or tax paper and plastic shopping bags, they might be interested in an ordinance in Seattle that lets people opt out of receiving phone books.

With environmental advocates in Evanston running into opposition to a plan to ban or tax paper and plastic shopping bags, they might be interested in an ordinance in Seattle that lets people opt out of receiving phone books.

The Seattle Times reports that the ordinance, passed last November, and believed to be the first in the nation, survived a first court challenge this week when a federal district court judge ruled that it did not violate the phone book publishers’ First Amendment rights. But the publishers are appealing the decision.

The ordinance sets up a city-run website at which residents can opt out of receiving Yellow Pages business directories.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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3 Comments

  1. Great idea

    It's nice to get a new door stop every year, but I'd be more than happy to pass on it! Now if only I can get my bank to stop sending me solicitations to begin banking with them…

  2. I want opt in posssibility

    Admitting to being "old school" when it comes to phone books, I would like an opt in feature, regarding AT&T's decision to stop printing white pages.  I want to continue getting white pages.  And I would really like white pages that list all land line phone numbers regardless the provider.  Dex has done this in Washington state–Olympia area–and it is extremely useful.  Why not here?

  3. Opt Out? YES!

    What a fab idea!  While we're at it, is there any way we can opt out of paper junk mail? And the Roundtable? (Sorry, but it simply goes straight into the trash bin).

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