Fighting for freerecyling

Things people do not generally want

There are some items that people cannot even seem to be able to give away, even though they are in possibly mint condition.  This includes encyclopaedias from organisations like Readers Digest and Encyclopaedia Britannica.  Such encyclopaedias were widely published in the 60’s and took up a lot of shelf space in a lot of family homes.  Also they are very heavy.  Therein lies the problem, typically only museums have the shelf space for such tomes.  In today’s society there is little need, especially with the wealth of material available over the Internet, for a snapshot of knowledge as seen possibly 40 years ago, even if it was a comprehensive and impressive one.  Thus these collections of books tend to go unread and unwanted and thus often head towards landfill.

There are exceptions, just read Another Point of Freecycle to see that it is possible to find a good home to some items, you just have to try harder, and be more patient.

You can read about the history of the Brittanica on their history page.  Wouldn’t it be good if such companies had a recycling policy to help dispose of these large collections.


September 25, 2007 - Posted by | freecycle

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