Would anyone actually consider pitching a book into a rubbish can?
There are sensible alternatives..this book-oriented repurposing, recycling, redistributing article breaks it down:
Greening of the Books
Now that the paper pulp has dried, the presses inked, the binding sewn (or glued) for heaven's sakes let as many eyes scan the text as possible!
I only pitch 'em if they are molded or used by pests as a potty.
But I take that 'what can I do with this?' approach to most things. I /love/ repurposing!
My local children's museum gets bags of: oatmeal canisters, clean B-flute cardboard scraps, bottle caps, plastic sock 'hangers', and the like. They have an ongoing segment featuring recycle art, but even museums/art programs that don't can put it to use.
I've recently found a cooperative 'stuff' shopping bank for large deposits of this sort of trash that has a future somewhere. From metal hangers to decorator swatchbooks, packing material and produce trays, someone crafty, brilliant or both can alter the future of this plastic noise.
Along these lines, Whole Foods Market is now recycling 5's (woo-hoo!!). That's alot of yogurt cups and deli containers. Origins is now collecting shampoo and product tops, which previously had no place to call home either.
More ideas broken down here:
A few ziplocs of odd clutter until I make my rounds means that my garbage bin is lighter each week, and my footprint is softer. Now if I could just find a reasonably replacement for the plastic bag that lines the bin...