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Phone book collection program under way in Pa.

July 08, 2005

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -Since 1993, approximately 200 tons of phone books have been collected through Franklin County's annual telephone book collection program, which began last week and runs through Aug. 15.

In 2004 county government offices, along with businesses and individuals, recycled 30,000 pounds of phone books, said Dan Wolfe, a community planner with the Franklin County Planning Department.

Containers for used phone books have been placed at the theater entrance of Chambersburg Mall; AC&T Fast Gas on North Antrim Way in Greencastle, Pa.; the Mercersburg Borough Hall; and the Waynesboro Mall on East Main Street, Waynesboro, Pa., Wolfe said.

Telephone books also can be dropped off in the lobby of Fannett-Metal Elementary School, the Washington Township Recycling Center and the Pleasant Hall Volunteer Fire Co. in Pleasant Hall, Pa.

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Phone books also can be taken to the county's senior activities centers in Chambersburg, Greencastle, Waynesboro, Mont Alto, Mercersburg, Fort Loudon, Upper Strasburg and Dry Run, Wolfe said.

During the 13 years of the program, about 200,000 telephone books have been recycled, according to county figures. The books are delivered to a St. Thomas, Pa., dairy farm where they are ground up and used as livestock bedding.

After that, the material is recycled once again when it is applied to farm fields as fertilizer.

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