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Veolia launches book recycle scheme in Lambeth

A book recycling scheme has been launched in London ahead of World Book Day on 1 March.

Lambeth Council’s recycling contractor Veolia, working with educational charity READ International, is providing book recycling points throughout the borough.

The books will be sorted by READ International’s student volunteers and sent to schools in Tanzania. Any books that are not relevant to Tanzanian schools are sold online to raise funds. No books will be sent to landfill.

Hannah Mitchell, chief executive of READ International, said the “unique and innovative” scheme will help a “worthy charitable cause” as well as reducing waste to landfill.

Cllr Lorna Campbell, Lambeth’s cabinet member for environment and sustainability, said: “By taking books that you no longer want to one of the book recycling points in the borough you will be directly helping to improve the lives of children in Tanzania.”

Robert Seear, Veolia’s manager for London South West, said: “We have seen how successful the scheme has been in another part of London and we are determined to replicate that success here, so we encourage residents to make good use of the book bins and help make a difference to children in East Africa.”

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