You don't want the White Pages?

Well they don't want to give it to you. But they have to. Only 16 states have repealed this idiotic law, the Sightline Institute explains. And if you live in Washington State—you're not in one of them. Phone companies "must provide each customer a copy of the directory for the customer's local exchange area," according to the Washington Administrative Code.

Sightline's Eric de Place proposes a simple fix. Strike that sentence and replace it with a single forest-saving line of text that says: phone companies "must provide each customer with a postcard notice that automatic delivery will be terminated, along with instructions to opt in to ongoing free delivery of a copy of the directory for the customer’s local exchange area."

That would save about 1,200 tons of paper in Washington every year.