On the 11th and 12th of May, the Books for Trash campaign will take place for the seventh consecutive year in 5 Bulgarian cities. This is one of the most long-standing and largest-scale eco initiatives in this country, which at the same time promotes reading. Anyone who hands over 1 kg of plastic can receive a book of their choice and a discount for other sustainable products.
On the 11th of May in Sofia and Plovdiv, and on the 12th of May in Burgas, Veliko Turnovo, and Stara Zagora, everyone is welcome to bring one kilogram of recyclable plastic and receive in return a book and a discount for other sustainable products. The campaign is organized by the Credo Bonum Foundation and Smart Books publishing house, and for the first time this year, is joined by Kaufland Bulgaria, who provided funding for the printing of some of the books that will be handed out. All participants will receive a discount in Kaufland stores for the purchase of environmentally-friendly cleaning products.
In each city, the event will start at 10 am and will end at 1 pm:
Sofia: Kaufland Mladost parking lot (3, Filip Avramov Str.) and Kaufland Kriva Reka parking lot (36, General Totleben Blvd);
Plovdiv: in front of the Municipality building and the Kaufland Trakia parking lot (47, Osvobozhdenie Blvd)
Burgas: in front of the Pantheon and the Kaufland parking lot (8, Yanko Komitov Str.)
Stara Zagora: Kaufland parking lot (2, Stamo Pulev Str.)
Those who wish to join the Books for Trash campaign need to bring the plastic packaging emptied of all contents, cleaned and crushed, to take up less space. Items that will not be accepted include medication blister packs, oil tubes, household appliances, auto parts. For each kilogram of plastic handed over, the participants will receive a voucher for one paperback or two e-books, downloadable from the Books for Trash campaign website. In order to make the campaign accessible to as many people as possible, compensation is limited to two book vouchers and one product discount voucher per person, regardless of the amount of plastic handed over.
Since the first edition of Books for Trash in 2013, as a result of the campaign, in excess of 55 tons of plastic waste have been collected and tens of thousands of books have been handed out as gifts. Last year, the participants in the event in Plovdiv achieved the best results, placing the city first in the symbolic competition for a noble cause.