I’m waiting for my first issue of SI to arrive. It’s been a few weeks since I filled in the subscription form so it should be here soon.
I plan on keeping them all forever. Unlike fashion or celebrity magazines, the vast majority of what’s in SI should never be outdated. And I like having things like that around as decor. Until a few years ago I had hundreds of old Discover, Omni, Scientific American, and a few other magazines filling up shelves in my ‘office’ space. I absolutely loved them. My wife absolutely didn’t. So in a very lopsided compromise, I got rid of them (recycled) and she took a bunch of old clothes and junk she claimed to cherish, to the local second-hand store.
I still miss the old magazines, but I know no one would have taken 50Kg (over 100lb) or more of ancient and outdated magazines, even if they were all in pristine condition. And the vacated space looks way better with books on it than magazines.
If you have the room, keep ‘em. If not, and if they are new enough and in decent condition, try to give them to someone or some place that will appreciate them. I like the idea of taking them to waiting rooms and other places where people have a free supply of reading material. Lastly, if you have no room and no one wants them, recycle them, at least they will save a tree.