Many books, such as text books, older editions, and well worn paperbacks are not good candidates for reuse. These books can be recycled, but we cannot accept them in our green carts.
While phone books and catalogs have water soluble bindings that dissolve in the paper making process, hard cover books and paperbacks have tough bindings that must be removed before the paper can be recycled so they require special handling.
You can recycle books at the Madison Recycling Center, a private firm, at 2200 Fish Hatchery RD. Information on hours etc call 608-251-2115.