Federal Dam, Minnesota (PressExposure) October 06, 2011 -- Rapid Refill in Tampa is combining two special days into one worthy community recycling effort through a partnership with Operation Paperback as a way to recognize both Veteran's Day - November 11th - and America Recycles Day on November 15th.
Starting October 3rd, the Tampa Rapid Refill and other Rapid Refill locations nationwide will collect gently used books for redeployment to troops overseas. Troops look forward to fresh reading materials, and donations of hardbound books as well as magazines will be accepted along with paperbacks. Troops usually request action, best sellers, biographies, memoirs, fantasy, history, humor, mysteries, science fiction, and true crime. Not surprisingly, romances are not particularly popular and books that are pornographic, religious or political will not be accepted.
Donations will be accepted until November 12, 2011 and will then be shipped to troops around the world. Books usually pass through several hands as they are passed from troop to troop - making a gift of recycling even more powerful! Customers will receive a coupon when they bring in a book along with an empty ink or toner cartridge.
"As we thought about how we wanted to honor America's Veterans, we came to realize that it is more than just the people who once served - it is also important to recognize those who continue to serve our country today. We know our customers are dedicated to recycling. During October and November, as they bring in empty printer cartridges they can also bring in a used book knowing they will be placed in the hands of troops who need a good read to unwind from their duties," said Bob Giest, owner of the local Rapid Refill. "That America Recycles Day is November 15th is just a fortunate bonus."
With the help of its customers, Rapid Refill expects to donate thousands of books through this drive that could ultimately reach 5 times as many troops and readers overseas. For more information or to find a Rapid Refill store near you, visit http://www.rapidrefill.com.