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I somehow ended up with a couple of parenting books (What to Expect, Babywise) that I really don't want to sell or swap or even donate.) Any suggestions what to do with them? I don't think they are recyclable.

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Check with the sanitation department in your city. The city I live in takes pretty much anything as far as recycling goes, including books.
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rip out the pages and use them for another project? (line a hamster cage, make papier mache, etc)?
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My county recycles paperback books. If yours doesn't, does it recycle mixed paper? You could always tear the pages out and recycle them that way.
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We have super limited recycling here, and we can recycle paperbacks. Call them!
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We have a lot of farms who are always looking for paper. Maybe I could take the covers off and donate them there...

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Burn them in a fireplace or bbq pit, unceremoniously.

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rip out the pages and use them for another project? (line a hamster cage, ?
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You could give it the shrek treatment :P Leave it in the bathroom instead of toilet paper :P

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Use them as fuel in a fire? I'm usually the last one to suggest burning books...but it's a great use for paper!

Using them for craft stuff is good too.

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Fire starter is where my mind went too....

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Does the ink burning hurt the environment (or my chimney)? That would be my only concern.

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it's likely a soy-based ink - i wouldn't worry about that - but maybe you shouldn't burn the binding? the glue is more unknown. for that matter, perhaps you could rip out the pages and recycle them with your paper recycler? odd that you can't recycle books where you live.

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I'd probably burn or recycle the pages and put the binding and covers into the trash. I'm not sure what hardcovers are made of, and softcover books tend to have a laminated coating that's probably stinky and toxic when burned.

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Personally I'd see if they could be recycled before burning them.

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Are you sure you can't recycle them? Ours takes any kind of paper or cardboard, even hardcover books.

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We have to take our stuff to a recycling center. There's a bin for magazines and a bin for newspapers and a bin for corrugated cardboard. That's it.

ETA: You're welcome to look for yourself to see if I missed anything.
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I use paperbackswap.com or bookmooch.com

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I use paperbackswap.com or bookmooch.com
I do too, but these aren't books I really want to recirculate.

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Recycling may put them back into circulation. We have many books from the recycling bin and I know plenty of other people that 'shop' there as well.

I'd damage it beyond comprehension - probably rip out the pages. Then I'd burn the pages and recycle the binding. If I didn't have anywhere to burn them, I'd probably just recycle after tearing it apart.
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Art book for your children. Then when they are through with it rip it up and recycle it.

Do you have a compost pile? That's where I'd stick them!

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I'd use the paper to start outdoor fires, personally. We always need more paper than we thought when we camp.
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Thanks for all the advice!

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You could compost them like someone else mentioned.

It would be a total PITA, but you could rip all the pages out and then recycle the paper that way.

Or, do you have a shredder? Shred the pages and use it in place of packing peanuts to ship stuff. This is what I would do. We have family that we ship gifts to at Christmas every year.
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I used to have a pet rabbit, and I gave him a copy of Ferber's book and let him chew it up.

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I used to have a pet rabbit, and I gave him a copy of Ferber's book and let him chew it up.
That's awesome.

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How about using it to press flowers? If they are big enough cover them with contact paper and use as a booster seat or doll bed... Ok, I'm reaching...

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I used to have a pet rabbit, and I gave him a copy of Ferber's book and let him chew it up.
laughup Awesome idea. We have a bunny rescue and that would be perfect. One of our bunnies was a house bunny for a short time and ate the spines off of so many precious books and photo albums Naughty.

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Could a cat rescue use the pages in some way? (Yes, they're still sitting here. They do make a handy foot rest. )

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Are they hard cover or soft cover. I've taken the covers off old hard covers and used them to make covers for hand bound books. http://www.american.edu/IRVINE/erika/gallery.html
I cover the cardboard with decorative paper.

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