The Quran is considered to be the speech of God to humankind — word for word — explains Imam Johari Abdul-Malik.
"The traditional way of disposing of used or damaged copies of the text of the Quran is by burning it," he says.
But Malik, the director of outreach for the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va., says that doesn't include burning it with the trash.
Many of the religious leaders who spoke to NPR agreed that burial was the most respectful way to dispose of their sacred text. In the Greek Orthodox Church, Bishop Andonios says, either a layperson or clergyman could put the Holy Scripture to rest.
"The appropriate way — if it was necessary to dispose of that item that had been torn or water-aged — would be to bury it or burn it," he says.
The bishop, who is chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, says no specific ceremony is involved.
"In the case of most laypeople, they would bring it to the church and let the parish priest dispose of it," he says.
I don't understand why such items are "charmed" or have some kind of mojo affiliated with them. Chunk it and recycle it if you have another copy. It's a book, the message is what is important. The physical paper & binding and ink is just that, paper, binding and ink. The message can be had in exact duplicate.
That said, there may be an issue with historical bibles because they may have genealogy or other historical significance to them. But to think you are somehow dishonoring God because you recycled a water damaged or defunct/ruined Bible, I think that is really weird. Just my opinion.