Paper breaks down slowly in landfill due to a lack of oxygen. As a result methane is released in large amounts, having a greater greenhouse gas impact than carbon dioxide.

  • Paperback books contain 40% or more recycled paper and can be recycled again.
  • Hardcover books are produced with higher quality paper that can be recycled and reused in order to produce new paper products.
  • The carbon footprint of a book is 4 kg*, in carbon dioxide terms.
  • The total carbon footprint of the book publishing industry is 12.4 million tonnes*.
  • The biggest contributor to the industry's footprint is using virgin paper - forest and forest harvest are responsible to 62.7% of the industry's total carbon emissions.

*(US 2006 figures)

Go Green – Consider swapping, selling or donating your books.

The Melbourne Uni Book Co-op

Book Co-op

You can buy, sell or swap any books at the Book Co-op, located on Lvl 1, Union House (Mon-Fri, 11am - 3pm).
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Use Discretion – Recycle any unwanted books not worth giving away in the blue cardboard bins.
Stop – throwing books into landfill bins.