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ms411
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On St Thomas there's a bin just as you enter. Look left and you'll see a cylindrical container. Of course, the sign saying what the container is for is on top of the container so you don't see the sign until you're standing beside the container.

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Topic starter Posted : February 1, 2016 10:33 pm
AandA2VI
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Recycle them where? Will they be shipping them off island for the process? Do we have paper recycling here?

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Posted : February 2, 2016 3:38 am
ms411
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You have to ask Innovative those questions.

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Topic starter Posted : February 2, 2016 8:08 am
caribstx
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Everyone knows that there is no recycling in the VI and never will be.

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Posted : February 2, 2016 11:17 am
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From http://environment.about.com/od/recycling/a/phonebook_recyc.htm

If You Can’t Recycle, Reuse
But those whose towns won’t accept phonebooks at all and who can’t find anywhere else to drop them need not fret.

Old phonebooks have many practical uses. Their pages make excellent fire starters in a wood-burning fireplace or outdoor fire pit. Balled up or shredded phonebook pages also make nice packaging filler in place of problematic polystyrene “peanuts.” Phonebook pages can also be shredded and used as mulch to keep weeds down in your garden. The paper is biodegradable and will eventually return back to the soil.

There are also a number of telephone book collectors; some who make money selling their stock to those with a historical interest or who are researching family genealogies. Lifelong collector Gwillim Law sells old phonebooks from all 50 U.S. states as well as from most Canadian and Australian provinces.

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Topic starter Posted : February 2, 2016 1:39 pm
OldTart
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Mine go in my composter.

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Posted : February 2, 2016 1:47 pm
Spartygrad95
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They still make phone books?

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Posted : February 2, 2016 2:23 pm
OldTart
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They still make phone books?

Strange though it may seem, thousands of people still have landlines so that would be a "yes"!

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Posted : February 2, 2016 2:39 pm
Spartygrad95
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I understand that people have landlines but I would bet more people use the Internet to find a phone number. Just seems unneeded today. Numbers change so often that can be updated electronically.

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Posted : February 2, 2016 2:53 pm
OldTart
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Landline numbers don't change nearly as frequently as cell numbers and if the internet goes down you're out of luck although you can call directory assistance for a needed number if you don't have a book. I never go to the internet for numbers - phone book right to hand and much faster plus the Yellow Pages are useful and right there. Phone books aren't obsolete and I doubt will be at least in my lifetime. By the way if you want a book you can get one from Innovative any time. On STT they're stacked up right inside the office entrance.

Anyway, as mentioned earlier, my trusty last year's book will be put to good use and recycled for the good of my plants!

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Posted : February 2, 2016 3:30 pm
ms411
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Thank you, Old Tart! When I found someone's wallet the other week, I found them in the PHONE BOOK. There were only 2 listings with that last name, and one of those 2 had the address on the driver's license. It took me less than 5 minutes from looking in the book, making the call, and woking out logistics on getting it back to the owner.

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Topic starter Posted : February 2, 2016 3:37 pm
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All I use is the phone book.
Great for easy use and has all non profits, government agencies listed as well as yellow pages for business listings. Plus it has menus for local restaurants so you can check types of food being served.
Very helpful without having to have an internet connection.

They have a smaller sized version which I keep in glove box in truck in case I have to look up something while on the road.

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Posted : February 2, 2016 3:49 pm
ms411
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Alana, I haven't seen the small ones yet. Somebody said they don't make them any more. If you do have a current small one, where did you get it?

Thanks!

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Topic starter Posted : February 2, 2016 3:52 pm
Spartygrad95
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I have no owned or used a phone book since 1995. Different strokes for different folks

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Posted : February 2, 2016 3:55 pm
Alana33
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ms411
The small one I have is from last year or maybe 2014, I think.
Probably got it at Innovative office in Tutu Park mall.
You could call to see if they put one out for 2016
It's come in very handy.

Landline numbers generally remain the same for decades.
That's why I'm reluctant to give my landline up.
I've had it forever and it's the one that far flung friends, family and blasts from the past can always contact me through.

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Posted : February 2, 2016 5:31 pm
ms411
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Alana, I've already checked those 2 places.

Since there's no cellphone directory, having a landline and a directory listing makes it easier for people to find you if they haven't been in contact in years.

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Topic starter Posted : February 2, 2016 5:35 pm
OldTart
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Landline numbers generally remain the same for decades.
That's why I'm reluctant to give my landline up.

I've had three numbers over three decades BUT having my name listed in the 'phone book has enabled people to easily find me, so there's another plus!

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Posted : February 2, 2016 7:04 pm
Exit Zero
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I only have a landline, an answering machine and use the phone book frequently and I have had the same phone # for 36 years and feel it is more convenient for me this way - there are very few times I feel the need for a monthly cell phone bill and don;t spend any time looking at one 100's of times a day, don't feel out of touch by not reading Facebook, Twitter, texts or whatever everyone seems to be glued to all day.

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Posted : February 3, 2016 2:17 am
OldTart
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Well said, EZ! (tu)

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Posted : February 3, 2016 11:25 am
AandA2VI
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Sparty are you new to the VI? Not being snippy but just wondering as I didn't think you were.

My phonebook is like gold and I use it all the time! I keep one in my car too. I only find the numbers I need 1% of the time online and thats usually on the businesses Facebook page.

I was half being sarcastic about where to recycle them. They'll just be put in the landfill I'm sure so I was curious on why they are touting "recycling".

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Posted : February 4, 2016 8:41 pm
Spartygrad95
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I don't call anyone. Those numbers I need I have in my phone. The numbers I've needed are readily found online. Like I said. Different strokes.

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Posted : February 4, 2016 10:22 pm
rmb2830
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We keep our phone books. Not every year but our collection goes back to about 1989. We keep every few year's books, and they still come in handy. There are lots of people and businesses that do not now list the phone numbers that they did list many years ago...everything from American Airlines (can get on the phone that rings right in their office at the airport) to celebs who used to have their numbers listed just like the 'common folk', and who often still have the same landline... and we have long-time neighbors who keep the books for the same reason...

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Posted : February 5, 2016 3:35 am
ms411
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I know other people who keep phone books for those same reasons.

BTW, the website gethuman.com can give you phone numbers for many popular businesses where a real person answers the phone. It worked for the company I wanted to contact. Can't remember which company.

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Topic starter Posted : February 5, 2016 11:31 am
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