In one of his classic cult films, Steve Martin gets overly excited about an annual arrival in his city. "The new phone books are here, the new phone books are here," he shouts.

We won't go quite that far but we do want to remind folks to recycle their old telephone books this month. Southwestern Bell and the City of Norman have teamed up to accept last year's books for recycling. The drop-off began this week and continues through Oct. 3.

The books can be dropped off at city hall, 201 W. Gray St., the 12th Avenue Recreation Center, the Firehouse Art Center, the Lloyd Noble Center, Cleveland County Fairgrounds and Sooner Mall. The books can also be recycled at the city's three recycling centers ? Target at 24th Avenue NW and Main Street, Valu Foods at 12th Avenue SE and Lindsey and the Hollywood Shopping Center, Lindsey Street and McGee Avenue.

While you're in the recycling mode, the Transcript is now a co-sponsor along with Abitibi Consolidated in local recycling of newsprint. Used Transcripts ? and even those other newspapers ? can be dropped in the bins at local schools.

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