• Cirrus Research Health & safety
    Cirrus Research



  • Cirrus Research Awards & Standards
    Cirrus Research

    Leading the way - Cirrus Research now a UKAS accredited laboratory for calibration services

    Noise monitoring instrument suppliers and manufacturers, Cirrus Research, have taken a further step in cementing their position as one of the world's leading noise experts, as they have received UKAS accreditation for the calibration of sound level meters, acoustic calibrators and octave band filters.

  • North Wiltshire Sustainable Business Conference Trade Shows & Conferences
    North Wiltshire Sustainable Business Conference

    A packed weekend of sustainability events in North Wiltshire

    Chippenham will play host to a series of sustainable business events, conference, seminars and exhibition on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October. 

  • Green Motion Transport
    Green Motion

    Green Motion wins Green World Environment Award

    Green Motion International has won a Green World Environment Award in the international campaign to find the world's greenest countries, companies and communities.

v ecohouse button

shared iterest button

web mossborough spud field copy

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 13:50

World of Books recognised for their role in recycling charity shop unsolds

A company that purchases unsold books from charity shops and now resells millions of them online has been recognised for its role in recycling and preventing waste from reaching landfill.

award for world of books copyWorld of Books and its recycling partnership with Viridor fought off strong competition to be named 'Retail/Service Sector Recycler of the Year' at the National Recycling Awards this month. Kyran Bracken, England rugby legend and Strictly Come Dancing winner hosted this year's awards.

Judges were impressed with the principles behind World of Books business, which makes a positive contribution to the environment, operating entirely in keeping with the waste hierarchy – prioritising reuse, recycling anything that cannot be used again and preventing disposal.

Based in Goring, West Sussex, World of Books sells used books to millions of customers worldwide each year. The company purchases surplus books in bulk from charities and uses an advanced inventory management system to match good quality used books with people who are looking for them. In total they recover and organise the reuse of around 26,000 tonnes of used books every year. They reuse books that would otherwise have been left unused in charity shops and ultimately sent to landfill. Since the company began operating in 2006, between £8 and £10 million has been generated for UK charities from the initiative.

Around 25% of the books received by World of Books are in a good enough condition for reuse and are listed online, whilst the remainder are recycled into cardboard and packaging. Viridor is proud to work with World of Books, providing a comprehensive recycling service for any books that cannot be reused. Over the past 10 years the company has seen its inventory grow from 1,000 books to over 2 million in stock, making them the largest seller of used books in the UK and leading to their recognition in the well-respected Sunday Times Fast Track 100.

The National Recycling Awards' judging panel, said: "World of Books is the epitome of innovative and entrepreneurial drive. All waste materials are recycled and there is a strong drive to improve social, environmental and educational goals."

Herman van der Meij, managing director of Viridor resource management, said: "World of Books is a fantastic example of the circular economy in action, giving new life to millions of books, and we are thrilled that their efforts have been recognised at these major sustainability awards."

Stephen Boobyer, managing director of Word of Books added: "Being named 'Retail/Service Sector Recycler of the Year' is a great achievement and it is a testament to the work that our employees and partners are doing. When we first began operating, our aim was to ensure that the charities we work with benefited and that no books would be sent to landfill. Our partnership with Viridor allows us to do this and we look forward to a continuing relationship."

World of Books
National Recycling Awards


WWEM 2018

AQE 1018