Renfrewshire Council

Books

Paperback books can be put into the blue bin. Hardback books can't usually be recycled along with other paper recycling because of the glue that's used to bind them.

Remember you can use your local library - this will help you to reduce the amount of unwanted books you have.

Books that are put into book banks are sold in charity shops or recycled into new paper and cardboard products.

Paperback books can be put into the blue bin. Hardback 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; AmazonBook Crossing and Green Metropolis
  • 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

Blue Bin ✔*

Green Bin ✘

Brown Bin ✘

Food Caddy ✘

Grey Bin ✘

Household Waste Recycling Centre ✔


* paperback only

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