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Book Recycling

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Whether you’re sharing adventures with favorite characters, exploring places across time and distance, solving intriguing mysteries, or venturing into a temporary world that leaves you turning pages until late hours of the night, there’s nothing like the captivating world of literature!


No matter how much you enjoy reading, you’ll probably reach a point of needing to find a new home for your books, or a sustainable disposal option. Even favorite books with worn, yellow pages and broken binding from years of use reach a point of needing to be replaced. So the questions is, what are your options?






First, see if your books are in good enough condition to be reused, choosing the higher form of sustainability. The options for this vary depending on where you’re located, but here are a few ideas to start with:




  • Community Centers
  • Nursing Homes and Senior Centers
  • Day Cares (For children’s books)
  • Schools
  • Thrift Stores
  • Little Free Libraries
  • Garage Sales





Realistically, some books are just too far gone for anyone to want them, making it time for a sustainable disposal option.


This leads us to book recycling.


Many recycling facilities, like Midwest Fiber, accept books for recycling, but regulations vary depending on the organization. So it’s always a good idea to check with your city or recycler for specific requirements concerning book recycling.


For example, the phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover” becomes very literal in the world of recycling, because we ask that residents tear off the covers of hard-back books before throwing all the contents into the recycle bin. Soft covers and/or staples do not need to be removed.


If you want to recycle 50 books or more, that’s normally too many for the bin. In this case, organizations like HomeSweet Home Ministries and Goodwill are great options!


Do you have questions concerning book recycling? Please let us know! 



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When one ton of steel is recycled, 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone are conserved.

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