Can You Recycle Books?


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Books can be recycled; however, many recycling centers request hardcover book spines be removed beforehand. Contact local recycling centers for book-specific preparation requirements and restrictions.

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Can You Recycle Books?
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Recycling books is different than recycling other paper materials due to the glue used in their spines. Some recycling centers are unable to process these compounds.

Consider alternative recycling techniques, such as donating books to local libraries or charities. Schools, prisons and hospitals also regularly accept book donations. Sell recently published textbooks to college bookstores or online book buyers. Repurpose old books by using their pages as wall decorations or hollowing out their interiors to create one-of-a-kind storage boxes.

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