Donate to Recycling Center
Gather your old phone directories. Consider collecting some from neighbors as well.
Remove any contaminated materials from your phone book, such as magnets or plastic materials. You may not be able to recycle your phone book if these items are present.
Contact your local recycling center. It is likely that they accept old phone books which can be reused for new phone books, grocery bags, paper towels, or other products. Find your local center in your phone book, or enter "phone book" and your city on Earth 911's website.
Shred and Reuse
Shred your phone book pages into long strips of paper. You can do this by hand or by placing sheets of the paper through a paper shredder.
Scatter the strips of paper in your garden. This reduces weeds and will not be harmful, as it is biodegradable.
Pack your mailing packages with the strips of phone book paper instead of packing peanuts. This makes for a much more Eco-friendly packing material. Additionally, you can use the strips of phone book paper to fill a gift bag instead of decorative tissue paper.