School Textbook Recycling Program Looking for Participants – New Jersey

- Thursday, July 23, 2015

While summer is in full swing, some schools may be taking the opportunity to do a little off-season cleaning.

With that in mind, Middlesex County’s Recycling Division  in New Jersey is announcing openings for its School Book Recycling Program.

The Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA), which oversees the division, is recruiting participants to fill in the program’s remaining slates for 2015.

Interested schools must contact the MCIA’s recycling office, book a date, designate a space on their grounds for a single stream recycling container and begin disposing of old and unwanted hardcover and softcover books, files and mixed paper.

Fibrex Group suggests the Revolve recyclers which house a 95-gallon cart which can collect the recycled textbooks. This recycling container and is great for single stream recycling needs.

“After some stockpiling of these recyclables and a period of time, which can range from one to three months, we pick up the materials,” said MCIA Recycling Manager. “In turn, the school will receive compensation, depending on what they’ve accrued.”

Typically, these materials are recycled into anything from tissues to newer books.

The county first kicked off its Book Recycling Program in 2006. In that first year, this pilot program limited its sights solely to hard cover books.

By 2007, more than 16 tons of recyclable goods had poured in and the program expanded its scope of acceptable collection items.

As of 2014, the School Book Recycling Program is credited with more than 130 tons of recyclables.

Adding a new chapter to the process, the recycling collector no longer requires covers to be stripped from books.

For more information on the MCIA’s School Book Recycling Program, contact 1-800-488-6242. For more information on Revolve recyclers from the Fibrex Group, contact us.