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Residents can drop off their (preferably reusable) used books at Recycling Centers or events. Please bring your ​books in boxes if possible. We may or may not be able to accept large quantities from library or school clean-outs through this program.

Please read the accepted and Not accepted lists below and follow these guidelines to help make this program a success. 

  • Text books (ideal is newer text books; 1-3 years old)
  • Kids books 
  • Books in good condition, that can be reused
  • Books of any age, in any condition for recycling
  • Hard and soft cover books
  • Encyclopedias
  • Please bring your books in boxes if possible.

    ​​​Accepted currently (pilot project starting Oct. '21​):
  • Shredded paper. Please bring sealed in paper bags, staple or tape closed.
  • Magazines
  • Flattened cardboard

Not Accepted:

  • NO Moldy or wet books (dry out wet books and place in curbside cart for recycling)
  • NO large quantities without prior arrangements. 

Quantities from residents (1-9 boxes): These can be delivered to the recycling centers or events without prior arrangements, during the open hours listed above under "​Locations".

Medium Large Quantities (10-19 boxes): we may be able to take this sort of quantity, possibly delivered to an alternate location. Please call Fred at Pacesetter Books (630-308-6387; pacesetterbooks@aol.com) to discuss options. 

VERY Large Quantities (20+ boxes​): Library or school clean-outs may be too big for us to process through the Recycling Centers, but we can take them​ by special arrangement. Please call Fred at Pacesetter Books (630-308-6387; pacesetterbooks@aol.com) to discuss options. 

For questions about the program:
Contact the Kane County Recycling Coordinator, recycle@countyofkane.org; 630-208-3841​

Kane County began accepting books at the Recycling Centers​, starting in December of 2020 as a pilot program, to assess the viability and the logistics of delivering this service at the Recycling Centers​. ​

  • The County will be working with the same companies that manage book recycling at the events. Pacesetter Books will sort the books delivered to the Recycling Centers for reusability and recycling. 
  • Some go for sale online, some to libraries, schools, and other organizations.
  • Books  (older, worn, torn, outdated) that are not reused will be taken to a local recycling facility for pulping and manufacturing into new paper products.​​