You decided to clean up your apartment, maybe to move out or to just make some space for new things. Suddenly, you find these old textbooks hiding in different nooks in your apartment. If the books are several years old, and many newer editions have come out, then you might find your book next to impossible to sell at the neighborhood bookstore. What can you do to recycle them then?
- Sell online – online bookstores have wider markets, so they are more likely to accept old textbooks. Just go to these websites, type in the ISBN number of your book and pack them for shipping. You never know, those books might still fetch you a few dollars.
- Donate – your books can still be used by someone else, so donate them. Don’t put the books to waste; after all, trees were cut down to make that book. You can still donate books to your local library or charity. You can even ask the nearby hospital if they would be able to use your books. If you also know of any public schools in your area, they might still accept your books as reference materials. You might even find groups that receive them to be used in various literacy programs. Just because you don’t use the book, doesn’t mean nobody will use it anymore.
- Swap it – there are some websites and communities that get together for the sole purpose of swapping books they do not need, in exchange for other interesting books. Some sites will receive points for every book donated, which you can collect to buy other books.
- Be green – look for groups that receive or even buy books that cannot be used anymore for recycling. These books are then sold and profits donated to causes to plant more trees!
- Give it away – you can put the books in a box labeled “free books” or there are even services like Book Crossing, that tags your book so you can leave it in a park bench or a bus and you can track where it goes.
- Transform it – you can use the book’s materials and turn it into something new you can use. Paper can be recycled, the covers used in various ways.
If you think about it, books can last a long time, and can always be used by anyone. So think twice before you throw away your old textbooks, instead find new homes or uses for them.
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