What to do with books

Books that are in good condition can be sold to used book stores, donated to libraries, or donated to thrift stores or donation drop boxes.

A pile of books

Paperback books

Unusable paperback books can be recycled curbside and at any Kansas City area recycling centers.

A stack of old hardcover books

Hardbound books

Unusable hard bound books - damaged books, textbooks, reference books, etc. - can either be disposed in the trash, or pages can be removed and recycled. Covers and spines should be disposed in the trash.

Where should it go?

Find a recycle spot

Where can you recycle or donate books in the greater Kansas City area? Search our database.