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Where to recycle books

Where to find recycling book bins.

Our book recycling initiative has been set up in partnership with Better World Books based in Fife. Better World Books collect donated books in saleable condition and re-sell them.

For every book sold, they donate a book to a person in need as well as raising funds for literacy and libraries. For information on the organisations who have benefitted from book donations, visit the Better World Books website.

Book recycling bins

You can bring books in a good condition to one of our recycling book bins found at the following locations:  

  • Paddington Street, W1U 5QR (outside Paddington Street Gardens) 
  • Inverness Terrace, W2 6JA (by entrance to Hallfield Estate)  
  • Moscow Road, W2 4JS (outside LEB substation) 
  • Warwick Avenue, W9 2PT (by the tube station) 
  • Elgin Avenue (junction with Maida Vale
  • Aberdeen Place, NW8 8JR (junction with Cunningham Street) 
  • Acacia Road, NW8 6AD (outside St John's Wood Station)  
  • Wellington Place, NW8 7PB (near public toilet) 
  • Erasmus Street, SW1P 2JA (Junction with Cureton Street)
  • Porchester Road, W2 6ES (near Waitrose)
  • Lisson Grove, NW8 8SQ (near Electricity Station)
A black bin, labelled 'books only'

Other options

Books can also be donated to local charity shops or you can use BookMooch, where you can swap your old books for someone else's.

Published: 17 December 2020

Last updated: 16 January 2023