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Reducing, reusing or recycling books.


  • You can now download ebooks or audio books to ebook readers and smartphones.
  • Our libraries offer a free ebook service (please note they cannot currently support Amazon Kindle), see the ebooks page for more information.


  • Let family or friends borrow your books.
  • Donate your unwanted books to local charity shops.
  • Sell them at second hand book shops, car boot sales and/or jumble sales.
  • Sell your old books on internet auction sites.
  • Take them to the media banks at our household waste recycling centres.

Recycle (poor condition)

Unfortunately books cannot be recycled in paper factories because of the glue that binds them.

  • Rip pages out and add them to your compost bin.
  • Some book covers can make decorative covers for notebooks.