Books, Community & Environment – Social Responsibility

Books & Community

Across the UK on an annual basis Revival Books contribute over £100,000 to charities for old books and libraries where we buy withdrawn books and this will continue to grow as more organisations join our book buying scheme.

We are proud to work with over 300 charity shops around the North of England and on an annual basis provide funds of around £75,000 to these charities.  These range from national charities such as Cancer Research and Debra to more local Hospice Organisations.  We also work with a number of Public Library services, where we forecast this year to feedback around £30,000 into the library funding thus playing our part to helping preserve the future of the essential Public Library Service which does so much to encourage reading, knowledge and literacy.

Books to Good Causes

We are always open to consider good causes which could benefit from donations of books. Did you know that it takes 24 trees to make one tonne of newspaper?   We currently recycle 7 tonnes of paper every working day, so we save 42,000 trees per year.

Furthermore 70% less energy is required to recycle paper compared with making it from raw materials.  So on top of saving trees we ensure that considerably less carbon is used in the manufacture of paper.  We partner Smurfit Kappa who processes the pulped books in their own UK based paper mills for the production of cardboard, specifically the corrugated element.  Our recycled books are not shipped abroad and do support UK jobs.

You can also rest assured that the books where a second or further life can be found are not pulped so limiting the need to unnecessarily produce additional copies.  This policy also enables Revival Books to pay for books where others may not be able to do so.

Due to the size of Revival Books recycling programme Revival Books has thousands of surplus tonnes of carbon credits that can be exchanged if this is a priority of your organisation.  This is possible due to the local nature of collections and Revival Books policy of not inefficiently transporting and carbon burning waste hundreds of miles to recycling depots. There are 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used annually in the UK, so we have a way to go but we are working on it and would be pleased to have your help.

Revival Books are registered by the Environment Agency under the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 as a Registered Carrier and Broker of Controlled Waste – Registration Number CB/FM3359JA.