Recycling Books

Can i recycle books?

No, unfortunately the glue used to bind the book together prevents book recycling. However, there  are many alternative options when needing to get rid of some of those old books. Recycling books may become necessary when having a house clearance or moving home. If you need to make space

Book Recycling Bins

Recycling old books by putting them in book recycling bins is a popular way to recycle books, including textbooks. Often these bins can be found in car parks & churches. Your local authority is a great resource to ask where they can be found and their contact details can be found on the website.

Donating books

Recycle books by passing them on. Rather than leave them on the shelf never to be opened again, or worse, throw them away, how about taking them down to your local charity shop? Most will accept them if they are in fairly good condition. Charity recycling is a great alternative to throwing away your old books. Another option is to take them to your local library, doctors surgery, school or playgroup. Keep your eyes peeled for book banks often supplied by charities such as Oxfam and Save The Children and are located in many supermarkets.

Exchanging books

There are internet sites such as that allow you to swap your unwanted books with others. This is a great way, especially for recycling textbooks that are often in high demand!

Sell unwanted books

Looking to sell books for cash? A good way to make some extra cash is to sell your unwanted books either on a jumble sale or online. Sites such as We Buy Books, and Green Metropolis provide this service.