Why Should I Donate Books?

Donating books is a socially conscious thing to do. Not only does it help conserve our resources, in today's tough economic times, it is especially true that one person's trash is someone else's treasure.

Why Donate to YOU?

Seven years of experience, combined with state of the art software, help us find the very best use for every single item we receive. We hand sort through the boxes of books; we can identify specific books, authors, and even subjects that our recipients have requested, and whenever we see a direct match, the item is sorted immediately to them.

Although we are a for-profit company, the truth of the matter is that we offer something schools, libraries and non-profits do not: a FREE pick-up service, right from your home or place of business.

There are operational costs involved to make sure this can happen, and after our costs are covered, we sort through and find the books we are sure they would like, and send the donated material back to schools, libraries and educational non-profits. We are saving the recipients a lot of work, as they don't have the time to sift through such large collections, nor do they have the means to recycle them, like we do.

Newspaper and Book Recycling Stats

  • To produce each week's Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
  • Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York Times would save 75,000 trees.
  • If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save about 250,000,000 trees each year!
  • If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we would save about 25,000,000 trees a year.
  • If you had a 15-year-old tree and made it into paper grocery bags, you'd get about 700 of them. A busy supermarket could use all of them in under an hour! This means in one year, one supermarket can go through over 6 million paper bags!
  • The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. This amounts to about 2,000,000,000 trees per year!
  • The amount of wood and paper we throw away each year is enough to heat 50,000,000 homes for 20 years.
  • Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the U.S.
  • Americans use 85,000,000 tons of paper a year; about 680 pounds per person.
  • The average household throws away 13,000 separate pieces of paper each year. Most is packaging and junk mail.
  • Each ton of recycled books can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4000 kilowatts of energy, and 7000 gallons of water. This represents a 64% energy savings, a 58% water savings, and 60 pounds less of air pollution!
  • These 17 trees saved can absorb a total of 250 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air each year. Burning that same ton of paper would create 1500 pounds of carbon dioxide.
  • The construction costs of a paper mill designed to use waste paper is 50 to 80% less than the cost of a mill using new pulp.