Not easy. I've researched and called around, and nobody wants old Encyclopedias. We bought them when my oldest child was born. They were necessary when we were growing up, for lots of school reports. Then along came the computer. So......I thought the least I could do is recycle the paper in them.......since recycling places don't take them intact.
Man, these were made so well. I've struggled for about 45 minutes on just one of them. I've used various screwdrivers, scissors, hack saw, a pry tool, and various other tools, and I finally got the paper out...of the first one.
I know that paper is probably the best thing you can throw in the earth, but it just makes me feel better to at least only send their covers to the dump.
DH has dozens of every tool known to man (same tool.....but dozens of them).........and can I find a box cutter anywhere?? No. I'm thinking the box cutter would be the best bet, just to score down the side of the pages and pull them out.
Any suggestions? My poor arthritic fingers. I just went through a pile of old school notebooks and pulled the papers out of them (the ones with the curly wire binding)...to recycle.
At least I'm energized to clean things out. Just wish it was a bit easier.
So......any suggestions as to how to more easily get all the pages out of these encyclopedias? (there's 40 of them).