33  Books and publications

Methods of binding make this an awkward form of waste paper to recycle. Metal staples can be removed magnetically, but plastic, stitched and petroleum-based glueback bindings are often unacceptable contaminants in re-pulping for paper manufacture. Options are generally limited to:

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Paper and office consumables (30)
Paper and card
Conversion to energy
Recycled paper products (320)

Alphabetical list of organisations

Abbey A

Tel 01787 210810  Fax 01473 823187
3 Firs Farm Cottage, Boxford, Nr Colchester, SUDBURY, Suffolk CO10 5NU

Purchasers of books and pictures throughout East Anglia.  Free advice and initial valuation given over the telephone.  Following this, prompt day/evening/weekend visits made to view.  'We advise and value without obligation.'   (Updated Nov 2005)

Alex Books

Tel 01376 342702
90 High Street, BRAINTREE, Essex CM7 1JP

Purchaser of paperbacks and quality books.

All Books

Tel 01621 856214
2 Mill Road, MALDON, Essex CM9 5HZ

Sale and purchase of secondhand books. Open Mon - Sat 10 - 5, Sun 1.30 - 5 (closed Wed).

Any Amount Of Books

Tel 0207 836 3697  Fax 0207 240 1769
Email charingx@anyamountofbooks.com  Website www.anyamountofbooks.com 
56 Charing Cross Road, LONDON WC2H 0QA
Contact  Nigel Burwood, Owner

Purchasers of good quality second hand books.  Modern literature, art, poetry, scholarly/academic books, antiquarian, rare and first editions, bound sets, general stock.  Buys large collections.  Open 7 days a week, 10.30am-9.30pm.  Interesting website, searchable for items;  friendly, possibly money-saving advice including Suggestions About How To Find A Book.  Catalogue can be downloaded and saved.    (Updated Nov 2005)

Barrie E Ellen

Tel 01702 338763
262 London Road, WESTCLIFFE ON SEA, Essex SS0 7JG

Sale and purchase of good quality secondhand books.

Beds County Council Libraries Service

Tel 01234 228785  Fax 01234 228318
Library Resources, Bedfordshire Libraries, County Hall, Cauldwell Street, BEDFORD MK42 9AP

Unwanted book donation scheme operated at all branch libraries.  Selected items are added to the loan stock; others are sold at occasional public sales, which also include audio visual items, providing supplementary funds for the library service.  (Updated Sep2001)

Bloomsbury Book Auctions

Tel 0207 636 1945
3-4 Hardwick Street, Bloomsbury, LONDON EC1R 4RB

General and specialist book auctions on alternate Thursdays at 1.00pm.

Bodicote Books

Tel 01295 253377
35 Blackwood Place, Bodicote, BANBURY, Oxon OX15 4BD

Sale and purchase of secondhand books.

Book Aid International

Tel 0207 733 3577 Fax 0207 978 8006
Ranfurly Library Service, 39-41 Coldharbour Lane, Camberwell, LONDON SE5 9NR

Major charity collecting educational books and journals to support education in developing countries. Particularly seeking up to date engineering, science and technology material.

Book Clearance Specialists

Tel 0208 518 7750
36 Queens Road, LONDON E11 1BB

Purchaser of all types of secondhand book.

Books and Bygones

Tel 0118 988 4346
Lane End Farm, Shinfield, READING, Berks RG2 9BE

Sale and purchase of secondhand books, ephemera, bric a brac and furniture. Open Sat & Sun 10 - 4pm.

Books Bought Bookshop

Tel 0207 352 9376
357 Kings Road, LONDON SW3 5ES

Purchaser of all types of secondhand books.

Bookshop at the Plain

Tel 01865 790285
11 Cowley Road, OXFORD OX4 1HP

Sale and purchase of secondhand books. Specialist in history, children's and travel.

Brad Books

Tel 01787 477243
25 Head Street, HALSTEAD, Essex CO9 2AU

Purchaser of non-fiction.

Cambridge Libraries and Information
Tel 01223 717067 Fax 01223 318380
Central Stock Unit, Ascham Road, CAMBRIDGE CB4 2BD

Unwanted book donation scheme at all branch libraries for books in good condition. Selected items are added to loan stock; others sold at occasional public sales, providing funds for library service

Castle Bookshop

Tel 01206 577520
37 North Hill, COLCHESTER, Essex CO1 1QR

Sale and purchase of secondhand books. Visits to view if required.

Cottage Bookshop, The

Tel 01494 812632
Elm Road, Penn, HIGH WYCOMBE, Bucks HP10 8LB

Sale and purchase of secondhand books.

County Mulch Ltd

Tel 01449 721729 Fax 01449 722477
The Watering Farm, Creeting St Mary, IPSWICH, Suffolk IP6 8ND
Email countym@anglianet.co.uk
Contact John Jardine

Receives Yellow Pages and cardboard (charges £17.50 per tonne gate fee), as well as local kerbside and civic amenity site green waste. This is used for mulch, for sale either in bulk from the site or to individuals from a local retailer, and can be delivered. Deals with several local authorities.

Crest-A-Bed Ltd

Tel 01953 455339
Shemerra, Exchange Street, ATTLEBOROUGH, Norfolk NR17 2AB

Manufacturer of animal bedding for two and four-legged animals (poultry, horses, cattle etc) from waste paper and cardboard. Will receive, by appointment, directories and yellow pages. Provides shredded paper for packaging, removals etc. Plans to expand premises and to start security shredding.

Crouch End Bookshop

Tel 0208 348 8966
12 Park Road, LONDON N8 8TD

Purchaser of good quality second hand and antiquarian books.

Dominic Winter Book Auctions

Tel 01793 611340
Old School, Maxwell Street, SWINDON, Wilts SN1 5DR

Specialist auction sales for books.

Directory Recycling Project

Freephone helpline 0800 783 1592 Tel 01703 236806 Fax 01703 236816
TV Centre, SOUTHAMPTON, Hants SO14 0PZ
Email directory.recycling@btinternet.com Website www.directory-recycling.co.uk

Promotional centre for directory recycling in association with local authority collection schemes. A database of potential recyclers and paper merchants able to receive directories is maintained. White directories (phonebooks) can frequently be placed with newspapers - this includes all collections for Aylesford Newsprint. Yellow Pages may be acceptable in separate low-grade paper banks. Aims to recycle 40% of telephone directories before 2002.

Eastcote Bookshop

Tel 0208 866 9888
156/158 Field End Road, Eastcote, PINNER, Middlesex HA5 1RH

Sale and purchase of antiquarian and second hand books on all subjects.

Edna Whiteson Ltd

Tel 01707 647716
301 Mutton Lane, POTTERS BAR, Hertfordshire EN6 2AJ

Purchaser of good quality second hand books.

Elkin Mathews Rare Books

Tel 01376 561730
16 Stoneham Street, Coggeshall, COLCHESTER, Essex CO6 1TT

Purchaser of all types of good quality book. Specialist in children's and natural history books.

Foleys Books

Tel 01949 860512
Coachgap Lane, Langar, NOTTINGHAM NG13 9HP

Bulk purchase of unwanted books, magazines, paperbacks and stationery.

Gloucester Road Bookshop

Tel 0207 370 3503
123 Gloucester Road, LONDON SW7 4JE

Purchaser of good quality second hand books. Free collection.

Herts Library Services

Tel 01707 281527 Fax 01707 281589
New Barnfield, Travellers' Lane, HATFIELD, Herts AL10 8XG

Unwanted book donation scheme operated at all branch libraries. Selected items are added to the loan stock or passed on to developing countries; others are sold at regular or bumper public sales, as well as audio visual materials, providing supplementary funds for the library service.

Invicta Bookshop

Tel 01635 31176
8 Cromwell Place, Northbrook Street, NEWBURY, Berks RG14 1AF

Sale and purchase of secondhand books. Specialist in cookery, cricket and military.

Keegans Bookshop

Tel 0118 958 7253
Merchants Place, Friar Street, READING, Berks RG1 1DT

Sale and purchase of secondhand books, hardbacks and paperbacks.

Leigh Gallery Books

Tel 01702 715477
137 Leigh Road, LEIGH ON SEA, Essex SS9 1JQ

Sale and purchase of secondhand books, ephemera, prints, paintings, jazz and classical records and CDs. Visits to view if required.

Luton Library Services

Tel 01582 730161 Fax 01582 724638
Luton Central Library, Libraries Information & Communication Services, St George's Square, LUTON, Beds LU1 2NG

Unwanted book donation scheme at all branch libraries. Selected items are added to loan stock; others are sold at occasional public sales, providing funds for the library service.

Lydian Bookstore, The

Tel 01491 571218
Bockmer Road, MEDMENHAM, Bucks SL7 2HL

Sale and purchase of secondhand books.

Magic Bookshop

Tel 0207 247 4263
53 Brushfield Street, LONDON E1 6AA

Purchaser of all types of paperbacks and comics

Michael Reeves

Tel 01923 245809 / 893654
26 Mercury Walk, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, Herts HP2 5PH

Sale and purchase of secondhand books.

Milton Keynes Central Library

Tel 01908 835010 Fax 01908 835054
555 Silbury Boulevard, MILTON KEYNES, Bucks MK9 3HL

Unwanted book donation scheme at all branch libraries. Welcomes donations of appropriate stock. Selected items are added to loan stock. Books for sale always available, providing funds for the library service.

Moore, Eric T

Tel 01462 450497
24 Bridge Street, HITCHIN, Herts SG5 2DF

Dealer in secondhand books.

Music and Video Exchange

Tel 0207 229 8420
14 Pembridge Road, LONDON, W11 3HL

Purchaser of all types of books, comics, memorabilia, etc.

My Book Your Book
Website www.mybookyourbook.co.uk 

Claims to be the world's first online co-operative library.  Pass on paperbacks from your shelf for re-use and read many others "for the cost of a stamp".  Not a book club - no purchases.  On joining, members submit a list of ten paperbacks they are willing to share with others - these go on the central database, but remain on their own shelf until requested by another member.  Choose one to read by clicking on the title, for an email address. Send stamped self-addressed padded envelope to address provided, and they post the book to you.  In turn you respond to others who want to read your books.  6 weeks later the transferred books are re-entered automatically into the catalogue under the name of the new holder, to be circulated again.   On site search to find books by title or author; questions page; members' forum.  Free pack of padded envelopes on joining; self-addressed labels available; posting a book is under 1.50.  12 books a year cost about 18 - buying a new book a month would be about 80.  Annual fee 8.95, second year 6.71 if you pay now.  Recycling their books in this way, each member can read a wide range of books at low cost and may create a practical and mutually beneficial community, reducing demand for new books.  Or you could take your books to a charity shop and go to the library!   (Updated Nov 2005)

Tel General enquiries 0870 333 2700  Reception 01865 311311  Fax 01865 321410 / 313770
oxfam@oxfam.org.uk, webteam@oxfam.org.uk  Website www.oxfam.org.uk, www.oxfam.org.uk/coolplanet
Oxfam House, 274 Banbury Road, OXFORD, Oxon OX2 7DZ

Major charity, operating national reclamation scheme for donated books.  Provide collection 'book banks' and regular servicing via network of local warehouses.  About 800 Oxfam shops sell books, around 40 of which are specialist bookshops; there are also in-store bookshops.  People donate books to the shops or through the 1000 Oxfam 'book banks'.  Oxfam sells around 6 million books per year, making it the largest second hand bookseller.  Rare and collectable books on sale in Oxfam shops can also be bought using
Abebooks.co.uk, an online marketplace for used, rare, and out-of-print books.  There are also specialist music shops in Ealing (London), Leeds, York, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, with a range including rare vinyl, CDs, sheet music and music books.  Some shops (including furniture shops) have a collection service - phone your local shop to find out. 

Oxfam head office main entry: see Charity section 130.
Oxfam's other activities for donation and low price resale:  
600 public donation 'banks' for textiles,  collected via local warehouses. 
Wastesaver sorting and reuse facility (Huddersfield, sends worldwide) for unsold clothes.
  Specialist bridal clothing and accessories departments in some Oxfam shops.  (See Textiles, section 81). 
Music shops and departments (see section 33, or Miscellaneous unwanted goods 89). 
Furniture (domestic/office) shops and departments (see Furniture and household goods, section 82). 
OXBOXX scheme for people moving home and removal companies, run by Oxfam with the British Association of Removers (BAR).  
Mobile Phone Recycling Oxfam shops take donated phones.  If less than 10, you can also send to Oxfam 'Bring Bring' Scheme, Freepost LON16281, London WC1N 3BR; if more than 10, call 0870 752 0999 for free collection (see Oxfam and Corporate Mobile Recycling entries, Computers, phones and electronic goods, section 87; Electronic and electrical scrap, section 44; or Office technical wastes including toner cartridges, section 35).
Cartridge Recycling:  Toner cartridges: for a minimum of six, in original boxes, call LaserXchange Tel 01873 859901 for free collection.  Inkjet cartridges: LaserXchange will send a Freepost collection box or bag for posting, or Freepost labels for smaller amounts.  (See Oxfam and LaserXchange entries, Office technical wastes including toner cartridges, section 35)

Computer equipment:  contact Michael Taylor, mitaylor@oxfam.org.uk, Tel 01865 313484 (see Computers, phones and electronic goods, section 87).  
Stamp and Coin Unit handles sales of donated collectables (see entry directly below and in Miscellaneous unwanted goods, section 89).  
Companies contact companies@oxfam.org.uk for information on projects, fundraising, partnerships  
Collection - offered by some shops, eg furniture - phone your local shop to ask.
Valuables - if you have something valuable to donate, please let Oxfam know. 
 (Updated Feb 2004)

Oxfam Stamp & Coin Unit

Tel 01869 355114  Email
www.oxfam.org.uk   www.oxfam.org.uk/coolplanet 
26 Murdock Road, Bicester OX26 4RF
Contact  Peter Yik

Specialist department of volunteers and some staff dealing with collectables, donated mainly through charity shops.  Handles British and overseas postage stamps attached to paper.  This is profitable, demand exceeding supply.  Most are sold in bulk as 'kiloware'. Selected items are more thoroughly processed for sale in shops; specialist stamp collections and bequests are sold through national philatelic auction houses.  Foreign and outdated British coins and banknotes taken.  Coins redeemed at 50 - 80% face value, sold as scrap or occasionally as rare and valuable collectors' items.  Cigarette coupons, trading stamps, air miles etc, individually have a minute face value, but redeemed in bulk provide substantial income.  Takes postcards (all types but particularly pre-war); medals; cap badges; cigarette and tea cards.  Stamps are best trimmed to leave a 3mm margin.  Oxfam will help you set up collection point in homes or offices - bags of stamps can be taken to local Oxfam shops or sent to the address above.  

Oxfam's head office main entry, including many
other activities for donation and low price resale: see Oxfam entry directly above, or in Charity section 130. 
 (Updated Feb 2004)

Oxford Library Services

Tel 01865 815253  Fax 01865 810817
Central Library, The Westgate, OXFORD OX1 1DJ

Unwanted book donation scheme operated at all branch libraries. Selected items are added to the loan stock; others are sold at book sales, as well as audio visual materials, providing supplementary funds for the library service.

Paton Books

Tel 01727 853984
34 Holywell Hill, ST ALBANS, Herts AL1 1DE

Sale and purchase of good quality secondhand books.  Please contact by telephone in the first instance.

Recycling Books 
Tel 01453 832 275
Email recyclingbooks@members.v21.co.uk  Website www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/SellerInfoPL?vci=725917
Jubilee Road, NAILSWORTH, Glos GL6 0EZ
Contact  A G Tilley

Many books and ephemera.  Does not specialise - deals in a rage of items from cheap to expensive.  Many items not listed on the internet site are stored in shop and store.  Bookshop open Wed-Sat 12-6pm - welcomes visits at other times by arrangement.  Contact to check availability, best payment and shipping options - post and packing charged at cost if contacted directly.  For orders taken through the Abebooks website ordering system, the full shipping amount stated in shipping rates and fees will be charged, unless a change has been agreed first by email.  Will hold orders for a calendar week for cheque, postal order or international money order payments in (GB Pounds) or $(US dollars), or longer by arrangement; also accepts payments via PayPal in sterling, US$ and Euros.  Books not as described may be returned immediately on receipt, in original condition, for full refund (again, please contact to arrange).   (Updated Nov 2005)

Reeve M & D Children's Books

Tel 01865 874383
2 Howe Close, Wheatley, OXFORD OX33 1SS

Sale and purchase of old, good quality children's books.

Square Edge Bookshop

Tel 912964 89480
38 Kingsbury, AYLESBURY, Bucks HP20 2JE

Sale and purchase of secondhand books.

Upper Street Bookshop

Tel 0207 359 385
182 Upper Street, LONDON NR1 1RQ

Purchaser of good quality second hand books.

Vortex Bookshop

Tel 0207 254 6516
139-141 Stoke Newington Church Street, LONDON N16 0UH

Purchaser of all types of second hand books.

Wendover Bookshop

Tel 01296 696204
35 High Street, Wendover, AYLESBURY, Bucks HP22 6DU

Sale and purchase of new and secondhand books.