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

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

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 

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

Phone number 
to call to request that Dex take away unwanted phone books

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