Face it, sometimes we just have too many books. Textbook companies often ship books in the hope that they are adopted for use. What to do with those old textbooks or other books you no longer have a use for; but don’t want to throw away? There are some literacy programs that while beneficial to many and serving a good purpose also come with a high cost to participate.
While researching the problem to look for solutions I came across what seems to be the perfect solution — Textbook Recycle. This is a small company based in the state of New York that accepts textbooks up to 20 years old, allowing you to clear your shelves, and get those unused books back into circulation. The company recycles 100% of the books they collect. Every book is reused or ground into other paper products.
However the single-most policy that impressed me was their social consciousness. They contribute a portion of each textbook to causes like the American Cancer Society and the Wounded Warrior Project. And it gets even better! You no longer incur prohibitive costs for transporting, storage, and disposal of tons of old textbooks. Each bin will divert about 3,000 lbs. per month from the landfill or 36,000 lbs. annually per outdoor collection bin. Every book collected will be recycled, and they cover all costs in the recycling process. Believe me, I will be looking into this for adoption on our campus. For more information, check out their website: http://www.recycleyourtextbooks.com/index.html