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Author Topic: Other: Can books be recycled?  (Read 1198 times)

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Can books be recycled?
« on: October 03, 2014, 02:19:54 pm »
I'm currently going through a lot of my old things and I'm finding a lot of books that are not exactly in the best of conditions (namely, they're falling apart and some of the more reference-type books are so marked up with highlighters they're simply unreadable).  I don't feel comfortable just *throwing away* a book and they're obviously not in any condition to be donated or sold, so would a recycling plant accept them?

I know they'll accept newspaper, but would they accept something with a glossy cover?  What about hardbacks?
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Re: Can books be recycled?
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2014, 02:27:49 pm »
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I'm currently going through a lot of my old things and I'm finding a lot of books that are not exactly in the best of conditions (namely, they're falling apart and some of the more reference-type books are so marked up with highlighters they're simply unreadable).  I don't feel comfortable just *throwing away* a book and they're obviously not in any condition to be donated or sold, so would a recycling plant accept them?

I know they'll accept newspaper, but would they accept something with a glossy cover?  What about hardbacks?

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Re: Can books be recycled?
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2014, 02:48:50 pm »
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I don't feel comfortable just *throwing away* a book and they're obviously not in any condition to be donated or sold, so would a recycling plant accept them?

 
Take 'em to Goodwill.  They'll re-sell what they can and the rest will be recycled.
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Re: Can books be recycled?
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2014, 03:00:13 pm »
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I'm currently going through a lot of my old things and I'm finding a lot of books that are not exactly in the best of conditions (namely, they're falling apart and some of the more reference-type books are so marked up with highlighters they're simply unreadable).  I don't feel comfortable just *throwing away* a book and they're obviously not in any condition to be donated or sold, so would a recycling plant accept them?

I know they'll accept newspaper, but would they accept something with a glossy cover?  What about hardbacks?

 
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Re: Can books be recycled?
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2014, 01:14:44 pm »
Quote from: Melamphoros;161094
I'm currently going through a lot of my old things and I'm finding a lot of books that are not exactly in the best of conditions (namely, they're falling apart and some of the more reference-type books are so marked up with highlighters they're simply unreadable).  I don't feel comfortable just *throwing away* a book and they're obviously not in any condition to be donated or sold, so would a recycling plant accept them?

I know they'll accept newspaper, but would they accept something with a glossy cover?  What about hardbacks?

 
Our recycling here is single stream, and they will take books in any condition.  Your township/borough/county will know.
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Re: Can books be recycled?
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2014, 09:10:14 pm »
Quote from: Melamphoros;161094
I'm currently going through a lot of my old things and I'm finding a lot of books that are not exactly in the best of conditions (namely, they're falling apart and some of the more reference-type books are so marked up with highlighters they're simply unreadable).  I don't feel comfortable just *throwing away* a book and they're obviously not in any condition to be donated or sold, so would a recycling plant accept them?

I know they'll accept newspaper, but would they accept something with a glossy cover?  What about hardbacks?

 
Short answer:  yes.  

If the book in question is truly beyond repair or repurposing, it can be recycled just like any other paper.  Hardcover books should have their covers removed first, however.  Paperbacks (glossy cover or not) can be recycled as is.

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