The Palmer recycling center is rescuing books from the landfill and looking to give them a new home.

Volunteers at Valley Community for Recycling Solutions gathered hundreds of books that were bound for the shredder. Executive Director Steve Brown said the books come from local schools, libraries and churches.

Brown said the center moved about a ton of books at a big sale last month. He said it was such a success they decided to keep the rescued book sale going. The center also donates to the Read on the Fly program at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

Brown said the center’s goal is to keep recyclable material out of the landfill. He'd like people to take the books home because it’s not cheap for the center to recycle them.

“Right now, because China this year stopped taking mixed paper, there’s not really a good mixed paper market as a commodity where we can sell it. We have to pay to ship these books outside, so there’s a cost to us as well,” Brown said.

The book sale goes through Jan. 15 at the center, which is located near the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Central Landfill. People can fill up a paper grocery bag for $2.

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