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Online book retailer recognized for outstanding achievements in waste prevention and recycling
ATLANTA, GA (March 22, 2010) - The United States Environmental Protection Agency will recognize socially conscious online bookseller Better World Books for its accomplishments in waste reduction and recycling by awarding the company with its 2009 WasteWise Gold Award for Paper Reduction. The awards ceremony, held in Arlington, VA, will take place March 22.
Better World Books collects and sells new and used books online, donating a portion of each sale to help literacy initiatives worldwide. Books that cannot be re-sold or re-used are recycled. When it comes to waste reduction, the company has successfully diverted more than 32 million books from landfills. In the process, it has also raised $7.6 million in funding for literacy and education initiatives worldwide through the sale of those books.
"Every year, almost a million tons of books are thrown away. We're proud of our company's accomplishments reducing that tremendous and unnecessary waste," said Better World Books CEO David Murphy. "By moving discarded books out of landfills and back into the reading cycle, we're not only helping the environment, but also raising money for good causes and promoting literacy. We are honored to be recognized by the EPA and to receive this WasteWise Gold award."
Every book bought on BetterWorldBooks.com funds a global literacy through its non-profit literacy partners including the National Center for Family Literacy, Books for Africa, Room to Read, Worldfund, and Invisible Children. The company benefits nearly 100 additional non-profit organizations every year.
ABOUT BETTER WORLD BOOKS
Better World Books (www.BetterWorldBooks.com) is a for-profit social enterprise that collects and sells books online with each sale generating funds for literacy initiatives in the U.S. and around the world. With more than six million new and used titles in stock, Better World Books is a self-sustaining company that balances the social, economic and environmental values of its stakeholders. Better World Books diverts books from landfills by conducting book drives on 1,800 college campuses, and by collecting discards from over 2,000 libraries nationwide. Since its founding in 2003, the Mishawaka, Ind.-based company has raised over $7.6 million for its non-profit literacy, library and college partners; donated over 1.5 million college textbooks; diverted more than 32 million pounds of books from landfills; achieved over 11,000 tons of carbon offsets through carbon-neutral shipping, and created more than 200 full-time jobs with meaningful benefits.
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