Phone book recycling under way

Students takes part in a previous Yellow2Green phone book recycling campaign.
Students takes part in a previous Yellow2Green phone book recycling campaign.

Collection bins are in place throughout Grand Cayman for people to drop off their old phone books for recycling.

The books will be shipped off island and recycled as part of the Cayman Islands Yellow Pages annual community recycling program “Yellow2Green.”

The campaign, which began this week, continues until March 18.

Since the recycling program began, it has kept more than 150,000 directories out of the George Town Landfill, according to the Cayman Islands Yellow Pages.

The program includes the Yellow2Green School Challenge, in which primary schools can compete to win cash prizes. Prizes for the school that collects the most directories per student body are $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $700 for third.

Also, each primary school will reward the class that collects the most directories with a sandwich party, and the top three students across the entire program will win gift certificates for Books & Books.

Yellow2Green recycling containers are in nine locations throughout the island: Foster’s Food Fair stores, Hurley’s Supermarket, Mail Boxes Etc., Regal Cinemas at Camana Bay, and at the Yellow Pages Office.

According to a press release from Yellow Pages, the directories will be shipped to GreenFiber, an insulation manufacturer in the United Sates.

“GreenFiber will convert our recycled phone books into a material that will be used for home insulation that aids in energy efficiency,” the company stated.