Just in time for Earth Day April 22, the Gwinnett County Public Library announced a partnership with the popular online book retailer Better World Books. Better World Books (BWB) has installed green book collection bins at each library branch. Books collected at these bins will be sold, donated or properly recycled. A portion of the sale of these books will benefit the library.
Filling these bins will not only benefit Gwinnett’s libraries but the environment as well, according to the announcement. Every book that BWB collects whether from these bins or some other method, never makes it to a landfill. To date, Better World Books has successfully re-used or recycled more than 40 million books while raising over $9 million in funding for libraries and global literacy.
“As a public library we are limited in how we can enhance our funding. This is a unique opportunity to do just that,” said Nancy Stanbery-Kellam, executive director of the Gwinnett County Public Library. “This endeavor gives our citizens a nice option to dispose of their unwanted books in a way that is good for their library, the environment and the book, too, because eventually it will find a good home or be repurposed through recycling.”
Gwinnett County residents are encouraged to bring their unwanted books to any green bin located at any of the 15 library branches. For branch locations go to gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.