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February 28, 2013

Book collection bins in place as part of RecycleMania

The Office of University Sustainability has placed book collection bins in various buildings across the West Lafayette campus as part of the 2013 RecycleMania campaign.

The books placed in the book collection bins will be reused or recycled through Better Word Books (BWB), an organization that collects books to send to underprivileged teaching facilities in Africa. More information on BWB is available at www.betterworldbooks.com. Although BWB prefers to receive textbooks, it will accept other types of books as well.

Only books purchased by individuals should be donated. Books purchased using University funds should not be donated.

Once the books are collected and weighed, the overall weight will be included in the RecycleMania total. The books then will be shipped to BWB. Once BWB receives the books, BWB does one of three things with them: send the book to Africa, post the book on the website for sale or recycle the book. If the book is sold on BWB's website, a portion of the funds received are then diverted to the Office of University Sustainability's chosen nonprofit partner, the Northern Indiana Citizens Helping Ecosystems Survive (NICHES). More information on NICHES is available at www.nicheslandtrust.org.

Currently, book collection bins are available in Johnson Hall (Room 109), Freehafer Hall (by the ground floor elevator), Neil Armstrong Hall (by the ground floor elevators), and Potter Engineering Center (outside the library). The book bins will be moved to new locations after a couple of weeks.

Questions on book recycling or the RecycleMania competition may be directed to Sarah Vaughn, assistant to the director of university sustainability, at svaughn@purdue.edu or 49-42481.