The world is becoming more environmentally conscious, as we’re starting to see the effects of our behaviour on the planet. From freak weather to wildfires, many people are becoming aware that now is the time to act by reducing the waste and pollution we produce. In the UK, 20% of all waste that ends up in landfills, is paper. This undoubtedly includes many number of books, which most people are unsure whether they can recycle or not. We’ve rounded up some local recycling options for those people wanting a more eco-friendly way to get rid of their old books, rather than putting them in the bin.
Some people might question whether it’s worth recycling books. After all, paper comes from a renewable source so it can’t be that bad for the environment, right? Wrong.
Every year the UK uses a whopping 12.5 million tonnes of paper. This requires a forest the size of Wales to provide that amount of paper! As we all know, deforestation is a serious problem which affects air quality and the balance of surrounding ecosystems. Recycling paper reduces the need for trees to be cut down in order to make new paper and prevents it from ending up in landfill where it will produce methane as it decomposes. Schools and corporations are some of the worst culprits for throwing away paper, but we can make a difference as individuals too by choosing to recycle our paper, cardboard and books rather than throwing them away.
An easy way to recycle your old books is to sell them to WeBuyBooks. We may not seem like a local option (unless you’re one of our neighbours in Rawtenstall), but you can sell your books to us without even leaving the house. Now that’s local! Once you’ve used our app to scan the barcode of your unwanted books, you can either print off the prepaid postage label and pop down to your local Post Office, or you can arrange for collection right from your doorstep. It’s a low-fuss, no hassle way to get rid of your old books and make some money at the same time.
Selling your books to us isn’t just convenient, it’s also good for the environment. We’ve all heard the mantra “reuse, reduce, recycle”, well that’s exactly what we do here at WeBuyBooks. When you sell your books to us, you’re extending the lifespan of that product so that someone else can enjoy reading it. This is even more eco-friendly than recycling, as it doesn’t use the energy and water required to recycle. It also goes some way to reduce the collective amount of paper we use, as more people buying used books means less need for new copies to be produced.
If we’re unable to accept your book due to its condition, we’ll contact you and ask what you would like us to do. We can either send your books back to you at cost, or we will recycle them ourselves. This is part of our recycling pledge, which means that every book we take will still have a positive environmental impact.
So next time you’re trying to find local book recycling, remember WeBuyBooks. It’s convenient, good for the environment and gives your bank account a boost too.
Whilst a lot of people want to recycle books to declutter their home, true bookworms might only want to recycle them so they have room for more! If this is the case, a great solution could be to organise a book swap with friends. That way you are still able to get rid of the books you no longer read and get a new book for free! Plus, you can be safe in the knowledge that your beloved book is going to a new home where it will be looked after. If you don’t have another fellow reader in your friendship group, there are websites online dedicated to swapping books too.
When you think of book recycling near me, your first thoughts are probably your local charity shop. Most high street charity shops will gladly accept used books to sell on to their customers. This again gives your old books a new lease of life and allows someone else to experience the magic of reading them for the first time. You can also feel satisfied in knowing that the profits made from reselling your book will benefit a charitable cause.
If your book has been well-loved, reusing it might be impossible. There’s a few pages missing here and there, the cover is more crease than cover, and the ink has smudged from all the hours spent thumbing through the pages - all signs of a long and glorious life. The best solution, in this case, is to recycle your paperback book at home with your normal paper recycling and see whether your local recycling centre accepts hardback books.
Although it might be hard to see the back of this beloved friend, you can take comfort in knowing that recycling your book will have a positive environmental impact. Here are some statistics which might make parting that little bit easier: