Most curbside recycling programs accept magazines and paperback books as mixed paper.
Some programs specifically exclude hardcover books because of the binding, unless you remove it.
Companies like Better World Books and Discover Books will accept books in good condition to sell them online.
Can books be recycled?
If you can put paper in your recycling bin, chances are you can recycle books, too. Some recyclers accept both hardback and paperback books, while others may only accept paperbacks. Some require the binding to be removed, while others will accept whole books.
How do you dispose of books?
10 Ways to Recycle Your Old Books
- Donate to your local library. Bring your gently used books to your local library.
- Donate to a local charity. Bring your boxes of used books to your local Goodwill, Salvation Army or other local charity.
- Make some gift tags.
- Recycle your unusable books.
- Sell them or give them away online.
- Make a “Free Books” box.
Can paperback books go in recycling?
Paperback books can be recycled in the same manner as other paper products such as phone books. Unlike hardback books, the slick-paper covers on paperback books are easily removed. Paperback books can also be recycled through donations or by selling.
Can you recycle hard covered books?
While paperback books are commonly accepted in curbside recycling programs, their hardcover cousins can be a bit trickier to recycle. That’s because the rigid cover can be made with cloth, leather, or plastic, and the glue used to bind it is not easily removed. But hardcover books are designed to last generations.
Can you recycle Ziploc bags?
Yes, it’s true, Ziploc® brand bags are recyclable. Really! Just look for the bin next time you’re at your local participating store. Your used Ziploc® brand bags (clean and dry) go in the same bins as those plastic shopping bags.
What can and Cannot be recycled?
Not everything can be recycled, even if it’s made up of recyclable materials. Plastics like clothes hangers, grocery bags, and toys aren’t always recyclable in your curbside bin. Other things that aren’t recyclable include Styrofoam, bubble wrap, dishes, and electronic cords.