How to Recycle Paperback Books

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.

Recycle paperback books along with other printed items such as magazines, catalogs and junk mail. Place paperback books into the "Mixed Paper" bin of the local recycling center.

Donate the books to an international organization that ships them overseas (see Resources). These organizations provide books for needy children and adults in the developing world by accepting charitable donations of paperback books.

Pass along used paperback books to local charities. Youth groups, literacy centers and homeless shelters would appreciate the donation of some well maintained paperback books.

Sell paperback books at a yard sale. If there are a lot of paperback books for sale, offer to sell them by the bag full. School lunch bags are ideal, as they allow buyers to select several books without over-stuffing the bag.

Look through the telephone book for used books resellers. Most medium to large cities have used books stores. If the books are in good shape and especially rare, used books stores will offer a fair price for them.