The Carbon County Outdated Telephone Directory Program is under way. From today until Feb. 18, elementary students throughout Carbon County will be competing to collect the most phone books.

Participating schools will be keeping track of how many phone books are brought in. After the program ends, the Recycling Office will pick up the phone books from schools for recycling.

The five highest collectors will receive an award from Carbon County and a $100 savings bond donated by Jim Thorpe National Bank and First National Bank of Palmerton.

In 2010, approximately 800 students participated, collecting 24,700 phone books. Since the programs inception in 1996, there were nearly 300,000 phone books collected. For more information. contact the Carbon County Department of Solid Waste or your local elementary school.

There will also be an award for the student who brings in the oldest dated phone book. This books should be kept separate from other books.