Maui schools participate in telephone book recycling

Hawaiian Telcom Yellow Pages and its sales agent, The Berry Co. LLC, along with schools on the Big Island, Kauai, Lanai, Maui and Molokai, collected nearly 40,000 pounds of outdated telephone directories for recycling through the fifth annual Think Yellow, Go Green program in April.

The monthlong environmental awareness effort invited schools to compete to collect the most directories for recycling.

The schools had the opportunity to win cash prizes for their students’ participation in the program; award amounts varied depending on the schools’ locations.

Hawaiian Telcom Yellow Pages and Berry teamed up with local food banks, including the Maui Food Bank, to host a community food drive. By using heavier-weight delivery bags that can be reused, Hawaiian Telcom Yellow Pages and Berry encouraged the community to fill the bags with nonperishable food items and deliver them to the participating food banks.

After the close of the contest, the recycled telephone directories were shipped to Oahu for recycling.

Hawaiian Telcom Yellow Pages are 100 percent recyclable, and the materials are converted into an array of new products, including building insulation, writing and copier papers, newsprint, paper towels and more.

For more information about the recycling program, visit