Brisbane, Australia - July 10 2009 saw the launch of a national book reuse and recycling program to save thousands of books from landfill and help those in desperate need of educational resources. Most of us love a good book, but what happens to the book when we have finished reading it? In many cases it is probably packed into storage, gathering dust on the shelf or thrown out in the rubbish.
Sustainable Insight, an online sustainability and environmental bookstore has taken an active step to extend the lifecycle of these books by launching ReRead, a new national book reuse and recycling program.
The aim of ReRead is to provide better resource management of books, by providing books donated by the public to charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations who are in need of resources for their libraries and education programs. Only books that are badly damaged and deteriorated beyond repair, will be recycled through an appropriate paper recycling service. In turn this is intended to reduce the number of books ending up in landfill and conserve the environment by encouraging the use of second hand books instead of new.
Visit the online bookshop website to find out more about the program and collection dropoff places.