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Not all “Books for Charity” are

on Dec 13, 2011 in Uncategorized |

A piece aired on the radio program Marketplace today about some bright blue bins found throughout the country. Not all “Books for Charity” Go To Charity In a nutshell these bins, owned by a company called Thrift Recycling Management, collect a whole lot of books. Some books indeed go to charities; some are recycled and so don’t add to our landfills; but a large portion of them are sold on sites like Amazon.com. Enough for the company to make $27 million last year. Here’s a quote from Richard Cady, a volunteer at the Prescott (Arizona) Library: Cady:┬áThe average little old lady who is going grocery shopping at Safeway isn’t going to figure this out. She’s going to think that those books are going to children, and I don’t think that’s always the case. The bins worry Cady because he helps run Prescott Library’s used bookshop. It raises...