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Recycle Books & Get Paid

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WeBuyBooks makes it easy to do your bit for the environment by recycling your books responsibly - and you can get paid for it too!

Give your unwanted books a new lease of life!

Old books can be recycled, but putting them in your household recycling can cause problems due to the glue, string and other materials that hold them together. So, the best way to give your unwanted books a new lease of life is to pass them on for another to enjoy!

If you don’t want your old books anymore, then it’s likely that somebody else, so don’t just throw them in the bin. Instead, sell your books to us. You’ll be giving your books a new lease of life, prevent them from ending up in landfils and make some quick cash in the process!

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Our book recycling pledge

You can sell books from hundreds of genres with WeBuyBooks, such as fiction and non-fiction, university textbooks, even CDs, games and DVDs - the list goes on. But sometimes, we receive books that don’t meet our condition guidelines, and if they don’t meet our criteria, we can’t accept them.

We pledge to recycle your books if we can’t accept them, so you can still feel positive about contributing to a positive cause. And if you don’t want us to recycle your books, we’ll return them to you.

Item condition guidelines

While we’d love to help you recycle all your old books, we can’t accept books with any of the following defects: tears to the cover, missing or loose pages, damage to the binding, fire or smoke damage, water damage or badly stained. It (quite literally) pays to look after your books folks!

Check out our Item Condition Guidelines for a full list of the defects we don’t accept. Still need more information on how to recycle books? Then head over to the Sustainability section on our Blog and discover everything you need to know about recycling your books. Our guides will provide you with loads of handy tips for book recycling & much more.

Recycle books using our app

If you want a fast, secure way to sell your books, the best thing to do is to download the We Buy Books app. All you need to do is go to your app store, download the app, open it up and use our handy barcode scanner to get an instant cash price. We’re available on Android and Apple.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can put books in your recycling bin, but they won’t be recycled. The glue, string and other elements that bind books together aren’t recyclable, so most books don’t end up being recycled unless you can source a specialist recycler. As an alternative, you can use We Buy Books to sell your unwanted books and make some money in the process. Visit our website or download the app and get an instant cash valuation.

You can donate books to your local library, but it’s worth checking if you can make some money from them before you do it. We Buy Books will give you an instant cash price for your books; you can decide whether to accept our offer and send your books to us for FREE. Once we’ve received and checked your books, we’ll pay you the next day. And if we can’t take some of your books, donate them to your local library!

Once you’ve accepted our offer, you can print your free postage label at home, or we can send you one. All you need to do is label your boxes and send them via Hermes or take them to a drop-off point.

Not only will WeBuyBooks pick up your books from your doorstep, but we’ll also pay you for the privilege! All you have to do is scan the barcode on our app or enter your ISBN number on our website and get an instant cash price for your books. Once you’re happy, we’ll come and collect them from your doorstep. We’ll take them to our depot and pay you the following day. You won’t have to move a muscle!

We buy your books and sell them on, to give them a second home. You get paid; we keep books in circulation, so they don’t go into landfill or recycling, and someone else gets the pleasure of reading the books you don’t want.

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