Since 2002, the Directory Recycling Program has been Northwestel’s way of connecting with communities and showcasing corporate social responsibilities by diverting out-dated directories from community landfills as part of our commitment to meet and promote environmentally-friendly standards while investing in northern communities.
Students, teachers, and staff in schools across the Yukon, northern BC, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut collect and recycle old telephone directories from their friends, neighbours, businesses and government offices. Northwestel then rewards schools who have collected the highest number of directories with cash contributions to be used for school field trips, supplies, books, graduations, and extra-curricular activities. As a bonus, Northwestel adds an additional $200 to the school that has the greatest percentage increase over the year prior.
As of 2014, Northwestel has rewarded $237,000 to northern schools who have recycled more than 158,000 directories. Every year the number of directories recycled by northern schools increases and Northwestel is grateful to the municipalities of Whitehorse and Yellowknife and local shipping companies who have partnered with us to keep this program successful throughout the years.