Statistics show that if primary and secondary school textbooks as well as teaching books could be recycled, at least 20 billion yuan ($3 billion) could be saved.
Factors hampering the recycling of textbooks include an underdeveloped industrial chain that leads to the high cost of textbook recycling, students’ dislike of textbook markings, and the poor “hygienic” conditions of these books.
Establishing a system of recycling textbooks can not only save resources but also help develop the awareness of environmental protection and the sense of responsibility among students.
Difficulties in pushing forward the recycling of textbooks are understandable. For instance, some argue that recycled textbooks will bite into the profits of interested parties.