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Keep it green with books

While the public has been urged to have a good read this spring to mark World Book Day, the message from action groups is to “keep it green.”

The annual day that falls on March 2 encourages everyone to explore the pleasures of reading and Waste Awareness Wales (WAW) has been busy highlighting the benefits of reusing hard and paper backs.

The charity that focuses on recycling in the principality has taken the opportunity to ensure that while people are enjoying reading a good book, they can also do their bit for the environment.

WAW chairperson, councillor Richard Parry Hughes said: “It’s really important for us to think about ways of re-using and recycling even simple things like books and magazines because the smallest of changes can make such a big difference.

“By doing little things like sharing your favourite novels with your friends and family and taking unwanted ones to a recycling bank, you can save a tremendous amount of paper.”

As the worldwide celebrations continue in March, WAW has urged people to organise mini book clubs in the workplace or at school to share books and arrange collections of old unwanted copies for recycling or donation to charity.

Various libraries also accept old books, meaning they can be efficiently recycled for a wide variety of people to gain the benefits of.

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