Logistics firm to help save thousands of books from landfill

PGS staff with the Better World Books book bank in Kitts Green

PGS Global Logistics is helping to write a new chapter in a not-for-profit enterprise’s quest to recycle and re-use millions of books and prevent them from being sent to landfill.

The Kidderminster-based company has become the supply chain partner for Better World Books, which is a socially responsible organisation providing a free-to-use service, collecting millions of books all over the world which would normally end up in a landfill centre.

PGS is now Better World Books distribution partner and is hosting its own donation banks at its offices in Kitts Green, Birmingham and Kidderminster.

Kerry Rayner, from PGS Global Logistics, said: “We are piloting the book banks at our sites in Birmingham and Kidderminster with the view that if successful, we can roll them out across the networks which could result in thousands more books being saved from landfill.”

PGS will arrange for books collected in the banks to be returned to Better World Books’ depot in Dunfermline, Scotland for processing and redistribution through second hand suppliers and literary partners.

It hopes to broaden the pilot scheme through its membership of the Pallet-Track and APC Overnight Parcel networks, by allocating book banks within other member depots, which will enable members of the public to donate.

To date, Better World Books has prevented 326 million books from being destroyed, of which 27 million books have been donated and 75 million books have been resold, raising in excess of £22m for literacy projects and libraries.