GTA TeleGuam Kicks Off 3rd Annual Phone Book Round-Up


Guam -GTA TeleGuam has kicked off its third annual telephone directory round-up to promote recycling among school children.

The phone book round-up contest will provide $10,000 in “green” cash prizes to schools whose students collect the most outdated telephone directories through March 30.

Any public, private or federal school can participate in the contest to win cash prizes up to $3,000 per school, a tree planting ceremony on the school campus, trophies, and other special recognition.

“GTA TeleGuam started the phone book round-up three years ago as part of its Green initiative for helping achieve positive outcomes for our environment and the island of Guam,” said Cora Yanger Bejado, managing director of marketing and communications for GTA TeleGuam.  “Young students, their families and friends can learn the importance of recycling and at the same time take responsibility for preserving Guam’s natural beauty.”

School children are encouraged to round-up old telephone directories from their homes, families, neighbors and friends and bring them to their schools.  The top 15 schools receive cash awards and prizes, based on the number of books they collect.

Astumbo Middle School in Dededo was the $3,000 grand prize winner in last year’s contest.  Children there rounded up 16,115 phone books, twice as many as the second place winner.  In total, school children collected almost 70,000 outdated telephone directories, which were turned into filler and mulching materials and donated to local farmers.

GTA YellowBook directories are made from recycled paper and environmentally friendly inks.

iRecycle and the Pacific Daily News are co-sponsoring this year’s contest.  Each school in Guam will receive an invitation and entry form for entering the contest.  Schools can call 1-671-644-4482 for more information about joining the contest.