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Are Books Recyclable?

are books recyclable

Yes, books ARE recyclable.

Books are difficult to recycle because of the glue used for binding, even though they are almost 100% paper. Still, when there is a will there is a way, and there are many recycling centers willing to accept old books.  Visit and search for "book recycling" or "book donation" facilities in your area.

Before you recycle your old book, be sure that your book has hit the end of its lifespan. This is usually quite very apparent - the binding is defunct, the pages are all ripped, word are illegible, or the science in it is many years out of date.  You may be able to make a few dollars selling it on sites such as or at least find it a loving home by offering it up on Freecycle. Many libraries and thrift stores are willing to accept almost all book donations. Even books that you believe to be out of date or in very poor shape  can be of use in prisons and at homeless shelters.

If you’re crafty, there are some great upcycling projects for you to repurpose your old books into something new:

  1. Make a hollow book box.
  2. Make an invisable book shelf.
  3. Make a clock.
  4. Make a lampshade.
  5. Stack to make legs for a table.