Why James Bennett is delivering The Sustainability Project*

At James Bennett, we have delivered end-to-end procurement solutions to public libraries for over 50 years.

Did you know?

Around 30 million printed books are held in collections by Australian Public Libraries. If libraries are weeding at the recommended rate that would equate to 4.5 million books or 1, 800 tonnes going to landfill each year.

We can help!

By working together in partnership, we have an opportunity for innovation in a way that sees us achieve stronger, healthier communities, reduce inequality, support literacy programs and achieve our global and personal sustainability goals.

We responsibly dispose of disposed library books through donations to communities in need, recycling into new products by pulping, and for a number of items that we can sell to help generate additional funds for libraries, we make use of online marketplaces such as eBay or Amazon. These areas generate funds that are shared with the libraries to purchase new books and services.

Two months into the project...

16 council groups have subscribed – equating to 248 branches – with extremely positive feedback. At the time of printing we are proud to announce we have collected and saved 40,568 books from landfill.

Registered councils:


  • Blacktown Library Council
  • Northern Beaches Library Council
  • Inner West Library Council
  • Oberon
  • Central West


  • Eastern Regional Library Council
  • Hume Library
  • Maribyrnong Library
  • City of Melbourne
  • Stonnington Library
  • Mildura


  • South Australia Library Services


  • Cassowary Library Council
  • Ipswich Library Council
  • Whitsundays Library Council


  • Stirling Library

*The Sustainability Project is a green initiative created in order to assist libraries in disposing of all unwanted weeded library material.

For more information:

UN SDG - About the Sustainable Development Goals

ALIA SDG - https://www.alia.org.au/advocacy-and-campaigns/think-global-act-local

Lookout for The Sustainability Project logo as that way you know your purchase is supporting the library industry.


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Contact Info

James Bennett
Unit 3, 114 Old Pittwater Road
Brookvale NSW 2100, Australia
P: +61 2 8988 5000
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