Welcome to the waste directory  - books

What can be recycled?

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

However, there are opportunities to resuse them as long as the books are in good condition.

READ International is a charity that supports schools in Tanzania and the UK. It was founded in 2004 by a group of socially entrepreneurial students at Nottingham University. These will most likely be used in the libraries, set up in various communities.

What is included?



Waste hierarchy

What happens to this waste stream?

Reused 100%
Recycled 0%
Recovered 0%
Incinerated 0%
Landfilled 0%

Books waste stream

Where do I put books?

  • Pack the books into cardboard boxes.
  • Notify the Waste & Recycling Officer of how much you have to collect.

Who removes them?

  • Westminster Council will collect them as a joint initiative between them and Read International.

What happens then?

  • Books will be reused in schools in Tanzania and the UK.

How green is this waste stream?

  • Everything is put to good use.
  • By recycling we reduce our need for raw materials, reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and reduce our carbon footprint.
  • You are helping to protect and improve the environment.

What else can I do?

  • If the books are not in good condition then you could always tear the pages from the spines and recycle the pages in the paper stream.


Peter Bodi, Supervisor Support Operations: x50223