The other day I was burning music from my computer onto CDs. I had a faulty one come through and didn't want to throw it away, I got to thinking about how many faulty CDs people go through and how many end up in the landfills. But... I wasn't sure what to do with it. I mean, it's not a 1-7 plastic. I have to say, that now there are plenty of recycling places to send your non-traditionally recyclable waste (batteries, electronics, etc). I'm not a fan of unanswered questions, so I researched it and am sharing the info with you so you can do this, too. Don't be lazy and waste things!! Just think about it first, there is a place to take this "trash"!
Each year, billions of CDs and DVDs are manufactured, while millions of these discs end up in landfills and incinerators.
If you use, sell, promote, distribute, or manufacture compact discs, it is your responsibility to promote how to recycle them. Compacts Discs, when recycled properly, will stop unnecessary pollution, conserve natural resources, and help slow global warming.
Spread the word to help us save the world we all live in.
Tip of the week: Where can I recycle CDs and DVDs? by Jennifer Hofmann on March 29th, 20
Until a few years ago, the only options for recycling CDs included making mobiles from fishing wire and tiling your bathroom floor.
Despite their primarily plastic contents, CDs and DVDs can’t be included in household recycling and very few centers are set up to accept them. Most people chuck them in the trash - where they go from the trash can to the incineration facility to be burned or the landfill to never biodegrade.
Several companies have taken up the challenge to remove these plastic disks from the waste stream and put them back into use. In some cases, they’ll recycle an unlimited number of disks and you only pay for postage!
CD Recycling Center of America in Salem, NH - accepts CDs, DVDs, and jewel cases free of charge. You pay for postage.
GreenDisk in Sahammish, WA offers unlimited CD recycling, technology equipment recycling, and their own line of recycled products.
FreeRecycling in Laguna Niguel, CA has a practically unnavigable website, but also offers CD and DVD recycling and bulk containers that destroy data on the CDs upon disposal.
More links on CD Recycling:
CDdvds.co.uk London Recycling
Tel: 020 7511 8000
Fax: 020 7511 3785
If you're the creative type you might be into these ideas:
Recycle Old Cds at Home