How to Recycle Hardback Books

23 October, 2012 2 comments Leave a comment

It's Important 

In today’s world, the importance of recycling is greater than ever. Unfortunately, finding out how to recycle some things is not as easy as it should be. This is especially true in the case of unwanted hardcover books. However, with a bit of research, it is possible to effectively and easily recycle a family’s unwanted hardback books, reducing the strain on landfills while recycling the material into products that are nearly as cool as our cases, picture frames, books safes..... you get the idea. 

Did you know that recycling one ton of paper....

Recycled Hardcover Books
  • Save enough energy to power the average American home for six months.
  • Save 7,000 gallons of water.
  • Save 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by one metric ton of carbon equivalent (MTCE).
Source: EPA.gov

 

The Problems 

The primary difficulty in recycling hardbacks is their binding/covers. Many paper recycling processes require that the interior pages be removed from the binding before processing. However, this is a labor-intensive process and many recycling organizations will not accept hardbacks for this reason. 

Ask First 

If the book is in good condition and something that isn't completely outdated, I would suggest calling your library first. Libraries are most selective than charities, so they may not use all of your books, but even if they don't want your books, they will be able to tell you where to go. If the library has a relationship with a recycler, it may even be willing to let the owner drop off his or her hardbacks to be recycled along with the older library books. Finally, bookstores must dispose of large numbers of hardbacks every week and so may have a central recycling partner that handles both hardback and paperback books. Wherever you live, take a second to make a phone call, I promise you that there will be someone to point you in the right direction.  

Recycling in Bulk 

Have a whole load of hardcover books to get rid of? 

Call us, we'll even pay you for them! 573-990-1031

We are always looking for new and better sources for our books, so if you think you have something we could use, we would love to talk to you about it. If not, hopefully we can point you in the right direction. 

Sell Your Recycling

If no local group accepts hardbacks, then the owner can decide to prepare the hardback for recycling at a paper-recycling center. This process typically involves removing the cover and spine, and then recycling the internal pages of the book. In many cases, the recycling company may also accept the separated covers. Even if they do not, the amount of material that must be disposed of in the trash has been radically reduced. THEY WILL PAY YOU FOR IT. The recycling you're bringing in is a commodity with a value. Most recycling plants let you know up-front what they pay on clean paper recycling by the ton, but if not, ask. Prices vary depending on your location and the market, but its nice to get back even a little for all the hard work you put in. 

While recycling hardbacks may require a bit more effort than recycling other paper products, the rewards are well worth it. By recycling these books, we are reducing the amount of waste deposited into landfills. More importantly, by recycling these hardbacks, the material can be transformed into other useful products, art, and anything besides more trash.  
While recycling hardbacks may require a bit more effort than recycling other paper products, the rewards are well worth it. By recycling these books, we are reducing the amount of waste deposited into landfills. More importantly, by recycling these hardbacks, the material can be transformed into other useful products, art, and anything besides more trash. 

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  1. Gary Durham March 25, 2013

    Hello,
    Goodwill has many thousands of used bookd from collection centers. We are in need to recycle or sell. Do you know of anyone that might be interested? Thanks you, Gary Durham

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