Are hardcover textbooks recyclable?

Ways to reuse a book

Books are wells of wisdom made to be read and shared. Therefore, once they have been read, you should not accumulate at home more than the ones you want to keep for good reasons. The rest should continue to fulfill their function: to broaden the knowledge of those who read them.

When the books have given their all and can no longer entertain readers, the place to throw them away is the blue garbage can. Like all paper or cardboard, old books will be processed and recycled after they are placed in the appropriate container. Choose to give them a second life before throwing them away, but if you can’t find any other alternative, throw them away where they belong!

When giving a book as a gift, if it is special, it can become a nice gift for friends or relatives. Thus, the sentimental value of the object will remain present and even increase.

This option will only be valid if the book is not interesting or valuable, since it will be transformed into something completely different. However, it is an alternative to reuse books, always better than throwing them away, and it does not oblige you to get rid of them.

Where to take books for recycling

Hardcover binding, also called chrome-covered hardcover, is a luxurious way to bind books. The glued option, because of its simplicity, is economical for short runs. You can order from 10 to 100 units, if you need more copies use the Sewn Hardcover section.

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In the glued or milled hard cover, the pages are glued on the side, for the gluing of the inside pages we use PUR glue, which guarantees a long life to the product, although the opening of the book flat is not as good as with the sewn option.

You can choose from a wide variety of papers that cover any need, the choice of paper depends on the product to display or the feeling you want to convey to the reader, here we explain the most common uses.

If we talk about different papers we must be careful, a sheet of 150 gr. coated paper weighs the same as a sheet of 150 gr. offset paper, but offset paper is thicker. Coated paper is composed of wood fiber and minerals (heavy), so a thinner sheet weighs the same as a thicker sheet of offset paper, which is composed only of wood fiber.

Buying books for recycling

By the time we buy a product most of its environmental impact has already occurred. This is because it takes a lot of materials and energy to make it. Raw materials are extracted from the Earth, then the product is manufactured and transported to where it will be sold and stored to preserve it until it is purchased. That’s why reducing waste and reusing as much as possible before buying more stuff are very effective ways to save natural resources, protect the environment and save money.

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In the United States, each household throws away an average of more than 20 percent of all the food it buys. That compares to going to the store, buying five bags of groceries and leaving one in the parking lot for no reason.

The things we use and consume every day have a direct impact on the environment and on people and animals. It is everyone’s responsibility to be mindful of what happens to those things when we are done using them.

In Oregon, recycling is a very important part of our ethic.    The best is when we recycle correctly because it reduces the demand for energy and resources needed to make new products, reduces pollution and creates jobs. 1.4 million tons of collected materials were recycled in Oregon in 2016, representing environmental benefits equivalent to permanently removing 690,000 cars!

Book recycling process

Books are wells of wisdom made to be read and shared. Therefore, once they have been read, you should not accumulate at home more than the ones you want to keep for important reasons. The rest should continue to fulfill their function: to broaden the knowledge of those who read them.

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When the books have given their all and can no longer entertain readers, the place to throw them away is the blue garbage can. Like all paper or cardboard, old books will be processed and recycled after they are placed in the appropriate container. Choose to give them a second life before throwing them away, but if you can’t find any other alternative, throw them away where they belong!

When giving a book as a gift, if it is special, it can become a nice gift for friends or relatives. Thus, the sentimental value of the object will remain present and even increase.

This option will only be valid if the book is not interesting or valuable, since it will be transformed into something completely different. However, it is an alternative to reuse books, always better than throwing them away, and it does not oblige you to get rid of them.