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Schoolchildren from Greig City Academy in Hornsey and Rokesley Infant School in Crouch End have helped launch a new book recycling scheme in Haringey, donating their old books to help raise money to buy school books for young people in East Africa.

Haringey Council’s recycling and waste management services provider Veolia Environmental Services has joined forces with educational charity READ International to provide dedicated book recycling points throughout the borough.

The books from the banks will be sold or recycled to raise revenue for READ to purchase locally relevant and up-to-date books in Tanzania. The aim is to extract as much value as possible from every book collected – no book is ever sent to landfill.

The scheme has already been piloted by Veolia in London in the City of Westminster, where over 12,500 books were collected within the first six months alone, and in Lambeth, Kingston-upon-Thames and Tower Hamlets.  Veolia and READ International are working together to identify further opportunities to introduce the scheme to local authorities across the capital and beyond.

Jean-Francois Moreau Veolia’s contact manager for Haringey, said: “As well as working to increase recycling rates in the borough we are always looking for innovative ways to reduce waste and help communities. We have seen how successful the READ book scheme has been in other parts of London and we are sure that we can have a positive impact on the number of books sent out to help make a difference to young people in Tanzania.”

Montse Pejuan, READ International’s Country Director in Tanzania, said: “READ International is delighted to be working in partnership with Veolia and Haringey Council to extend our network of public book donation bins within London.  Each book donated to READ International is used to improve the quality of education and the lives of young people in Tanzania. This is a unique and innovative way for the people to not only support a worthy charitable cause but to reduce the amount of waste they throw away.”

The education team from Veolia in Haringey do a lot of work with local schools to offer recycling programs and waste related workshops. Schools across the borough have already been promoting the book banks to their pupils who have started thinking about books that they don’t read at home anymore that they could donate to the charity.

In Haringey there are a team of Environmental Champions who are all local residents promoting environmental issues in their local area. The Environmental Champions will be promoting the book banks to local groups and their local community.

The book recycling points are situated at the following locations:
Town Hall Approach Road, N17
Turnpike Lane, N8 - Junction with Green Lanes and High Road
Colney Hatch Lane, N10 – Junction with Alexandra Park Road
Tottenham Lane, N8 – Junction with Rokesley Avenue
North Hill, N6 – Outside Hillcrest Estate


Photograph attached, taken on Tottenham Lane – Students from Rokesley Primary School and Greig City Academy. Adults from left to right: Stelakis Vachos Veolia Street Cleansing Manager, Rokesley Infant School Head Teacher Mr Bright, Ian Sygrave Haringey Environmental Champion, Greig City Academy Teacher Mr Jackson and Caroline Wallis Veolia Communications Education and Outreach Manager