Promoting the Culture of Reuse
We Save Books initiative exists because every year, a decent percentage of solid waste comes from books that are tossed in the trash. When it comes to their recycling, because of the spine, shell or glue, books cannot be recycled, but the paper inside can. The problem is that local councils don’t have the means to employ people that would ‘de-bind’ books to make sure they are okay for recycling. Due to their limited storage space, charity stores are also barely accepting donations in books. Even the ones on display for sale, they still have to dispose of most of them if they don’t sale in a short period of time. These ones usually end up in landfill. Since most people don’t read the same book twice, they have to de-clutter their homes every once in a while, and they always have books they have to get rid of, but the journey to donate them somewhere is often a discouraging one, and at the end of the day these books also end up in landfill.
We want to promote a culture of Reuse rather than Recycle. Reusing should be preferred over recycling because it saves the energy that comes with having to dismantle and re-manufacture products. It also significantly reduces waste and pollution because it reduces the need for raw materials, saving both forests and water supplies. Sunderland Literacy Aid plays an important role in reducing carbon emissions due to our collection, storage and redistribution of books where they are still relevant and needed. To make it easier for people to donate their books, we have partnered with some lovely locals to help us start Collection Points, which you can find in the Donate Books Here section. You can also find out more about where we donate in the We Donate Books section.
Donations we accept are: books, textbooks, notebooks, stationary, board games, new or second-hand.