Recycling books for a cause

Because of an annual initiative at Clayton State University, a lot of people will get a chance to contribute to a worthy cause this holiday season.

CSU’s The Loch Shop, the college store on the university’s Morrow campus, will hold its annual “Go Green Week Book Drive” until Friday, Nov. 11, said University Spokesman John Shiffert.

All types of books will be accepted, and it’s not limited to text books, he said.

“The books will be donated to Better World Books, an organization that collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide,” said Shiffert.

He added that the company develops social, economic and environmental value for its stakeholders. It has more than six million new and used titles in stock, he said.

The book drive will operate from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., at the shop, which is located on the first floor of the Clayton State Student Center at the university, 2000 Clayton State Blvd.

“Better World Books supports book drives, and collects used books and textbooks through a network of more than 1,800 college campuses, and partnerships with more than 2,000 libraries nationwide,” Shiffert said.

He said the organization has turned more than 35 million book donations into $7.5 million in funding for literacy and education. Better World Books has also prevented 13,000 tons of books from ending up in landfills, he added.

The Loch Shop, he said, also has other eco-friendly initiatives, which include assisting with the bottle-and can-recycling program on campus, and its book buyback program, which recycles and reuses books, allowing students to save money.

For more information about the shop or the book drive, contact The Loch Shop at (678) 466-4220, or visit the Better World Books web site at www.betterworldbooks.com.