​​​​Kane County Recycles Banner


Residents can drop off their (preferably reusable) used books at Recycling Centers or events. Please bring your ​books in boxes if possible. We may or may not be able to accept large quantities from library or school clean-outs through this program.

Please read the accepted and Not accepted lists below and follow these guidelines to help make this program a success. 

2021 EVENTS: 4/10/21, 5/8/21, 7/10/21, 9/11/21.

Batavia, Fabyan Parkway 
Location: 517 E. Fabyan Parkwa​y, Batavia, IL 60510​ 
Hours: M-F 8am-4pm ​​(See Holiday Closures)​​

​West Dundee Public Works​ ​
Location: 900 Angle Tarn, West Dundee, IL 60118 SEE MAP​ 
Hours: M-F 7am-3pm ​​(See Holiday Closures)​​

  • Text books (ideal is newer text books; 1-3 years old)
  • Kids books 
  • Books in good condition, that can be reused
  • Books of any age, in any condition for recycling
  • Hard and soft cover books
  • Encyclopedias
  • Please bring your books in boxes if possible.
  • Shredded paper (accepted only at events, not accepted at Recycling Centers) Please bring sealed in paper bags. 

Not Accepted:

  • NO Moldy or wet books (dry out wet books and place in curbside cart for recycling)
  • NO large quantities without prior arrangements. 
  • NO Shredded paper (accepted only at events, not accepted at Recycling Centers)​​
  • Magazines (​please put these in your curbside cart for recycling instead)

Quantities from residents (1-9 boxes): These can be delivered to the recycling centers or events without prior arrangements, during the open hours listed above under "​Locations".

Medium Large Quantities (10-19 boxes): we may be able to take this sort of quantity, possibly delivered to an alternate location. Please call Fred at Pacesetter Books (630-308-6387; pacesetterbooks@aol.com) to discuss options. 

VERY Large Quantities (20+): Library or school clean-outs are too big for us to process through the Recycling Centers, but we can take them at events by special arrangement. Please call Fred at Pacesetter Books (630-308-6387; pacesetterbooks@aol.com) to discuss options. 

For questions about the program:
Contact the Kane County Recycling Coordinator, recycle@countyofkane.org; 630-208-3841​

Kane County began accepting books at the Recycling Centers​, starting in December of 2020 as a pilot program, to assess the viability and the logistics of delivering this service at the Recycling Centers​. ​

  • The County will be working with the same companies that manage book recycling at the events. Pacesetter Books and their partner B&B Books will collect the books delivered to the Recycling Centers and sort them for reusability and recycling. Some books will also be taken to and reused by SCARCE in Addison. 
  • Some go for sale online, some to libraries, schools, and other organizations.
  • Books  (older, worn, torn, outdated) that are not reused will be taken to a local recycling facility for pulping into new paper products.​​