$2 million
Minimum annual cost 
to dispose of junk mail 
in the city

555,000
Estimated number
 of phone books delivered annually within Seattle city limits —for a population of 602,000

30 million
Estimated pounds
 of waste generated by those books

$190,000
Cost to dispose
 of the books per year, a figure council member Mike O’Brien hopes to shrink with legislation that would fine companies who ignore Seattleites’ opt-out requests 

700
Number of Yellow Pages directories that phone book company Dex recently carted from Mike O’Brien’s office, at the council member’s behest

877-435-0012
Phone number 
to call to request that Dex take away unwanted phone books

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