If you dread the tri-yearly mountain of phone books, you can now relax. After delaying the vote for a week, the City Council has passed an ordinance (if you're feeling wonky, it's available for perusal here) imposing a series of regulations on yellow pages distributors. The best part?
The Director of Seattle Public Utilities is authorized and directed to establish the City's Opt-Out Registry to serve as a clearinghouse for residents and businesses to register and indicate their desire not to receive delivery of some or all yellow pages phone books.
So, similar to the no-call list for telemarketers, city residents will soon be able to opt-out of receiving phone books by phone, mail or online with at least 30 days notice from delivery day.
The ordinance also requires yellow pages distributors to obtain annually-renewed licenses, and imposes distribution fees to pay for the opt-out list: 14 cents per book or $148 per ton.
Every violation of the ordinance is punishable by a fine of up to $125.
If you like phone books, do nothing and you keep receiving phone books. Everybody wins!