Ways to reduce, reuse or recycle books


  • You can now download ebooks 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.

  • Why not rip pages out and add them to your compost bin.

  • Some book covers can make decorative covers for notebooks.