We are a family of readers and book hoarders. There are books in every room -- overflowing from bookshelves and night stands and elsewhere. Every once in a while we go through a shelf here and there and try to find a few we can part with. This past weekend our county's land use department held a book recycling event -- it was a joy to behold! Book lovers from throughout the community came with boxes of books they no longer wanted and left with some great used books. From what I understand, the unwanted books at the end of the event were recycled instead of thrown in the landfill -- excellent!
So what if your community doesn't have an event like this? Well, you could get one started, but there are other alternatives. We also have a local used bookstore and they take used books and give you a store credit in return. Or you can sell books to Powell's online. I've done this before and the process was seamless.
I'm sure there are other responsible ways to depart with books you no longer want. I'd love to hear other suggestions!