Books Recycling Bin Only paperback books are accepted the blue recycling bin. Several local businesses accept used books: A to Z Books 909 East Grand Avenue, Arroyo Grande, CA | (805) 489-8653Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 1pm – 5pmMap & Directions Barb’s People Builders3420 Hwy. 46 West, Templeton, CA | (805) 237-9639By appointment only. Buckets of Books Paperback Exchange 9475 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA | (805) 466-3510Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 4:30 pmMap & Directions Captain Nemo Comics 563 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA | (805) 544-6366Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 9pm, Sundays 11am – 6pmMap & DirectionsCash paid for used comics and sci-fi and fantasy books. Coalesce Book Store & More 845 Main Street, Morro Bay, CA | (805) 772-2880Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5:30 pm, Sundays 11am – 4pmMap & Directions Nan’s Pre-Owned Books1328 West Grand Avenue, Grover Beach, CA | (805) 489-7510Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5:30pm, Sundays 1pm – 5pmMap & Directions Phoenix Books 990 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA | (805) 543-3591Hours: Daily 10am – 10pmMap & Directions San Luis Obispo County Library995 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo, CA | (805) 781-5991Hours: Tuesdays 10am – 8pm, Wednesday – Saturday 10am – 5pmMap & DirectionsAccepts books less than 3 years old. Remove Hardcover Spines and Covers Recycle hardcover books with paper, but remove their spines and book covers first. Hardcovers are too tough for recycling equipment to process. Paperback covers do not need to be removed. Ways to Reduce Check Out from the Library Take advantage of your library and check out books. Checking out books, instead of buying them brand-new, saves paper and keeps more old books out of landfills. Ways to Reuse Amazon Trade-In Program Exchange books and electronics for an Amazon gift card through Amazon’s Trade-In Program. Shipping is free with their prepaid shipping labels. Make sure items are in acceptable condition. Make a Donation Drop off unwanted books at a charity or thrift shop. You can donate children books to the Boys and Girls Club and academic books to the Bridge to Asia program. Sell Your Books Consider selling old books at a yard sale or to a bookstore that sells used books. There are also online marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay or AbeBooks. Did You Know? The Environmental Impact of Books Two billion books are purchased annually in the United States. Keep in mind that one tree makes only about 25 books.