Recycling & Waste



Books that cannot be reused or recycled may be placed in the trash.

Books that light up or play music do not belong in the trash or recycling bin because the battery inside may be toxic. Bring them to the household hazardous waste collection sites for free.


Most recycling haulers accept paperback books. Remove plastic bindings or plastic covers and put them in the trash.

Contact your hauler to see if they accept hardcover books.

You can also bring books to one of the recycling companies listed below. Call to verify items accepted, hours and fees.

Recycle Companies

Better World Books
Various drop box locations
Books for Africa
253 East 4th Street
St. Paul, Minnesota, 55101
Goodwill Easter Seals
1239 University Avenue W.
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55104
Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center
1907 Suburban Ave.
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55119
St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store
461 7th St. W
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55102
Waste Management (formerly Advanced Disposal)
309 Como Ave.
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55103