As you may know, the College Library sends its unwanted withdrawn books to Better World Books (www.betterworldbooks.co.uk). The benefits of doing this include:
• Better World Books collect the unwanted books from us free of charge.
• They then sell the books online on our behalf.
• The Royal Agricultural College Library earns a modest percentage from any subsequent sales (which we then use to purchase new book stock).
• An additional 5% goes towards our chosen literacy charity http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/
However, we felt that it would be worthwhile also to highlight the environmental benefits of this arrangement. The most important point is that no books are ever sent to landfill, not even unsold ones. These are either donated to partner charities or recycled.
So according to an environmental metrics report provided by Better World Books, 256 books have been listed for sale and 60 books have been sold thus far. Another 100 or so have been donated to charities. Moreover, a further 285 books have been saved from landfill by recycling (yielding 97% reusable fibre).
This is the equivalent of saving 8 trees, 620 lbs of greenhouse gasses and more than 3, 500 gallons of water! Overall then, our mid-sized library is making a small but significant reduction on our environmental footprint.
So even if we can’t persuade you to buy our withdrawn books in our occasional sales, do remember that we never throw away a good book!