Depending on the organization who picks up books left in the recycling bins, the books might go up for sale, go to community organizations or go to a recycling plant for disposal, notes DiscoverBooks.com. Discover Books and BetterWorldBooks are two organizations that have book recycling bins in several cities. Individuals can also sometimes mail the books or request a curbside pickup.
For example, BetterWorldBooks uses the proceeds from its sales of recycled books to help non-profit organizations foster literacy worldwide. Libraries, schools and families are potential recipients. The organization also sends damaged books to a recycling center for disposal. In addition to dropping books off in bins, individuals can mail them or contact BetterWorldBooks for other options for large donations.
Discover Books handles donated books based on how likely they are to have resale value. Suitable books go up for sale, while other books might go to schools, libraries and other non-profit organizations. Otherwise, the books are properly recycled if not suitable for reuse or resale.
Some alternatives to dropping books off in book recycling bins include sending old books to organizations like Books for Soldiers, Books Through Bars and Books for Africa or taking them to a Reading Tree donation center, library or thrift store, suggests MoneyCrashers.com. Typically, individuals can deduct the donation value of the books from their taxes, which is a benefit for donors.