GRN Recycle Talk FAQ

Date: Thu Feb 27 1997 - 10:07:00 EST

Date: Thu, 27 Feb 97 15:07 WET
Subject: Re: How can I recycle paperback books (Sierra Phillips)

Feb 27/97

Dear Sierra Phillips,

Paperback books are recyclable, glue bindings and all. Many paper recyclers will take them, especially those that recycle telephone books which also have glue bindings. Many communities do recycle telephone books, so find one, find out who the contractor or what the chain to recycle it is, and connect that way. Try to call NYNEX Information Resources Co, which was participating in the early recycling chain of telephone directories as of 7 years ago. As of 1991 there was a company, Ameritech Publishing was involved in recycling telephone books for the city of Milwaukee, WI. In 1992 there was a Yellow Pages Publishers Environmental Network formed recycling the stuff into roofing, insulation, tissue, board, and numerous other things. Their 1994 newletter Green Pages was out of Troy, MI at tel: 810-244-0711.

On the other hand, as you must know, the paper that contemporary paperbacks are printed on is NOT worth saving. I would, if I were a recycler, be doubtful including this acidic, short-fiber junk in a recyclable product, for I would expect its inclusion to degrade the quality of the product. I would use paperbacks for nothing more recyclable than animal bedding.

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