Where can I recycle?

Books can’t usually be recycled along with other paper recycling because of the glue that’s used to bind them.

Instead, there are many possibilities for re-using, donating or reselling books.

If you have books to dispose of, consider the following options:

Sell or exchange them

  • Try local second hand book dealers, jumble sales or car boot sales;
  • Sell or swap your books online – there are lots of sites where you can do this including Amazon​ and Book Crossing.

Pass them on…

  • Ask family, friends, work colleagues or neighbours if they want them;
  • Go online to sites such as Freecycle and Freegle to give them away;
  • Most charity shops will accept second hand books if they are in good condition, as will some libraries.

Other options include schools, doctors’ or dentists’ surgeries, and hospitals.