With the conversion of most books and magazines to electronic readers, you may have a stock pile of old books and subscriptions waiting to be disposed of or donated. Both books and magazines fall under “mixed paper” and should be recycled or donated for reuse (try used book stores, libraries, classrooms, senior centers, kids clubs, book clubs and exchanges).
Curbside Recycling Bin
If you cannot donate or re-purpose the items, magazines and paperback books can recycle in full in your recycling bin. For hardcover books, the covers might need to be removed as they can have non-paper components to them. Check with your local trash hauler for more details.
Wet books and magazines cannot be recycled due to the manipulated fiber. Please dispose of wet books and magazines in your trash waste bin or research if the pages can be used to compost.
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