Books can be hard to recycle because of their binding and hard covering. Most material recovery facilities (MRFs) are only set up to handle two-dimensional paper products like a sheet of newspaper or office paper. The size, shape, and awkward nature of a book makes recycling difficult. Recommendations include:
  • Consider donating your used or old books to a thrift store or other used book outlet.
  • Check with your local library. Many times libraries will sell used or old books as a fundraiser.
  • Check with your trash / recycling hauler to see if and how they will accept books to be recycled.

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