Serving Larchmont Village, Hancock Park, and the Greater Wilshire neighborhoods of Los Angeles since 2011.

Too Many Phone Books? Opt Out!

Some of us are old enough to remember the good old days…when every household received exactly two phone books per year — a White Pages and a Yellow Pages.  In recent years, however, as deregulation has resulted in an ever-larger number of phone service – and phone book – providers, it seems like Yellow Pages phone books stack up on our doorsteps faster than autumn leaves in New England.

Most local households still receive a set of Greater Lost Angeles directories, but there are also directories for West LA, Metro LA,  Beverly Hills/West LA, Los Angeles County…and several others – a new one every few weeks.  And chances are – especially in these days of growing online resources – most of us use only one of these, at most.  So what’s a modern, ecologically-conscious citizen to do about all the extra phone books cluttering our doorsteps, desktops, bookshelves and recycling bins?

Opt out!


You may not realize it, but you can choose which yellow pages directories you receive…or whether you want to receive any at all.  Just go to , The National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice and Opt Out Site, enter your zip code and create an account.  You’ll be able to see which directories are available in your neighborhood, and select which you do – or don’t – want to receive.

Yes, it’s that easy.  And handy, too — since 3-pound phone books are a lot less attractive and a lot harder to rake up than yellow autumn leaves.

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Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller
Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - with deep roots in both the Sycamore Square and West Adams Heights-Sugar Hill neighborhoods. She spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and has been writing for the Buzz since 2015.

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  1. Opting out doesn’t seem to work, well I’m in a small apt complex, perhaps for a home address opting out does work. Sometimes I see them as they’re dumping the books off and I’ll let them know we don’t want them, thanks. Sometimes they’re friendly crews & they don’t drop them off. While other crews are, well, lets just say delivering piles of yellowpages is job #1. And get argumentative when asked not to. Perhaps someday we’ll be able to opt-in for the directories instead of having to opt-out.


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