New telephone books are arriving on Alberni Valley doorsteps this week, which means the Alberni Environmental Coalition (AEC) is ready for their annual phone book recycling program.
The AEC has run their recycling campaign since 1993, and since then has recycled more than 69,000 phone books, spokesperson Maureen Sager said.
Schools get in on the act by collecting books for the AEC, which then pays the schools 10 cents per phone book collected. The program has garnered schools more than $4,500 over the years.
In 2010 the AEC recycled 2,816 books, with 1,764 dropped off at schools and the rest dropped off at the office. The City of Port Alberni picked up the phone books and took them to Catalyst Paper, where they were ground up and used by the mill.
This year they have applied to the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District for a grant-in-aid to help fund the program.
The AEC also accepts phone books for recycling at their office on Adelaide Street, upstairs beside the Bargain Shop. There is a box outside the door to drop off old books.
The phone book recycling campaign ends on Tuesday, April 5.