“These are books that are deemed to have no market value,” Butterfield said, noting it would not be cost-effective to remove the covers and recycle the books. However, with BFA the books’ lives continue.
“Our students understand this is sustainability and getting more life out of books,” Butterfield said. “This benefits everyone. It is the right thing to do. It is a great honor these books can get in the hands of people who can use them and not go in a landfill.”
Butterfield said the textbooks include many general education subjects that are needed in Africa.
In 2013, Warth led a UW-Stout Book Walk for Africa from the library to St. Paul to call attention to the need for books for African students. Warth said he is pleased with the long relationship UW-Stout has with donating books to BFA.