What would you like to Recycle?

Books

Books
Hard cover or paperback books are not accepted for recycling at the curb. Some of the facilities listed below may accept your books. Call to confirm.

Audio books and books on tape are accepted for recycling in the electronics product stewardship program. Go to Tapes (audio and video) or CDs, DVDs, Floppy Disks and Record Albums for more details.

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

Borrow from your local library or a friend to cut down on the amount of paper used to produce books.

Reuse

Local libraries are sometimes interested in donations of books less than five years old and in good condition. Used bookstores may accept on consignment. Donate to a charity, or offer it for free online through social media or an online classifieds service. Call before dropping off books to any of these facilities.

Recycle

Not all facilities below will accept all books.  Encyclopedias, out of date text books, Readers Digest books or damaged/moldy/musty books if not accepted are considered garbage.  Contact facilities directly regarding restrictions and charges.

Facilities

  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.
    Langford
    250.474.5145

  • Beacon Community Services Thrift Shop (Thrift Shop on Fourth)

    9760 Fourth Street
    Victoria
    250.656.6828

  • Diabetes Canada

    754H Fairview Road
    Victoria
    250.380.3024

  • Ellice Recycle

    524 David Street
    Victoria
    250.386.4342

  • Salvation Army - Brentwood

    7177 West Saanich Rd
    Brentwood Bay
    250.652.4622

  • Salvation Army - Cedar Hill Cross

    1551 Cedar Hill Cross Road
    Victoria BC
    250.382.3714

  • Salvation Army - Hillside

    990 Hillside Ave
    Victoria
    250.380.7717

  • Salvation Army - Langford

    777 Goldstream Ave
    Victoria
    250.478.6933

  • Salvation Army - Vanalman

    765 Vanalman Avenue
    Victoria
    250.727.2293

  • Salvation Army - Victoria

    525 Johnson Street
    Victoria
    250.384.3755

  • Salvation Army - View Royal

    307 Island Highway
    Victoria
    250.708.0520

  • Sooke Disposal Ltd.

    No drop off depot.
    Sooke
    250.642.3646

  • WIN Donation Centre

    555 Ardersier Road
    Victoria
    250.480.4006

  • The Environmental Story

    Books are mostly paper but their spines also contain glue or thread, which can contaminate the paper recycling process. Hard covers can also contain cloth and board. Books are treasures and deserve to have an ongoing life with someone else when you’re finished with them.

    Did You Know?

    Telephone books can be recycled curbside in your CRD Blue Bag.