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Ask the EcoGeek: Recycling CDs


Dear EcoGeek,

Is it possible to recycle old CD's or DVD's?
Thanks,
Rob

The perpetual scourge of EcoGeekiness is obsolescence. We pay good money for what we see as a good product, and then five years down the line we're surrounded by useless junk!

But I can't help but answer this seemingly straightforward question with several different answers.

First, I'll actually answer the question:

Yes, you can, but it's not as simple as curbside pickup. CDs and DVDs do contain valuable materials (CDRs even sometimes contain gold) and there are techniques to harvest that material for reuse, but those same materials make them too complicated for regular recycling centers. Unfortunately, the materials aren't expensive enough that someone will pay for them. To recycle CDs you'll have to ship them to a special recycling center. Several are listed at the bottom of viagra shop this post.

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Second, Destroy the Data
Whenever you're trashing something that might contain personal data, always take the time to legal pharmacy online wipe it clean. For CDs, this can be accomplished with gloved hands, scissors, a hole puncher or, for a more entertaining (and dangerous) destruction, microwave on high for two seconds.

Third, Dubious Re-Use:
The internet is littered with cheesy ways to reuse old CDs. Give people lemons and online order levitra they'll make coasters, disco balls, clocks and maybe even miniature hover-craft. However, this isn't really helping anyone. At the very least, it's delaying the cialis online pharmacy usa landfill for another few years. It's fun to play with trash, but this kind of re-use doesn't make much environmental sense.

Forth, Stop the Cycle
As with any article about obsolete materials, we'd be fools not to mention how evil forced obsolescence is. The good news is, nowadays we don't need to buy physical objects anymore. We can download pretty much everything we need straight to our hard drive, consume it, and throw it into the virtual trash can on buy ultram er canada our desktop. Whenever you can, go digital. But avoid the temptation to burn all your files to DVD. You'll just be staring at them in five years wondering what the heck you're going to http://www.hitlabnz.org/canadian-viagra do with all those coasters.

CD Recycling Services in the US
NESAR Systems
420 Ashwood Road
Darlington, PA 16115
724-827-8172 

Digital Audio Disk Corporation
Attention: Disc Recycling Program
1800 Fruitridge Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47804-1788
812-462-8323

And in the UK
The Laundry CD Recycling
Lauren Dean
London Recycling
4d North Crescent
Cody Road
London
E16 4TG

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Be careful with the link for you buy viagra generic hole-punch
written by Rick O, June 29, 2007
The hole-punch isn't going to do as much for data security as you think it might. There are several applications that use low-level drive I/O routines to read data off of discs, even if they are significantly damaged. I have personally recovered data from discs with large chunks missing, primarily using the open source dvdisaster utility. If you want to ensure that your data can't be recovered, at least by anything but experts, ensure that the disc can't even spin in the drive. (Lots of irregular pieces.)
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If you live in Massachusetts.....
written by sdonham, June 29, 2007
Here in the Boston area, all CDs are recycled. I had stacks upon stacks of CDs and CDRs that I just took to my local recycling center (in Cambridge, MA). They had a special bin just for CDs and CDRs. Unfortunately, they didn't accept their jewel cases however.....
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Maybe it's because I'm a hoarder...
written by TenBees, June 29, 2007
that I never chuck CDs away, and have never thought about recycling them. Thanks for the info though.

One good thing I've seen is that Asda (Wal-mart) are producing biodegradable CD cases, without any inserts (which you can download if you want from Universal Music). Now that is useful as I keep all my CDs in wallets.
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written by Adam, June 29, 2007
Good information, thanks. CDs have always seemed like a wasteful product to me (remember the original "long box" packaging). The hard plastic jewel cases are even worse, as they break so easily, and apparenty can't be recycled.

I use almost no CDs now, thanks to visit our site 5 mg levitra (legally) downloading digital media. Perhaps CDs will someday become as rare as 45's.
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Civic TV Coordinator
written by Reg Dunlap, July 09, 2007
FYI, these 2 companies no longer recycle CD's. Greendisk.com will take them for a fee.

CD Recycling Services in the US
NESAR Systems
420 Ashwood Road
Darlington, PA 16115
724-827-8172

Digital Audio Disk Corporation
Attention: Disc Recycling Program
1800 Fruitridge Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47804-1788
812-462-8323
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written by Nicolette, July 18, 2007
I came across a company that does recycle CD's, DVD's and Jewel Cases. I just called them to confirm. It is MRC Polymers. You would have to send them to: MRC Polymers, c/o DADC Recycling Program, 3307 South Lawndale Avenue, Chicago, IL 60623. There is no charge other than the postage. They ask that you send the product with no packing materials, separate the CD's from DVD's, remove paper from the genuine viagra online without prescription jewel cases. Stickers are okay as long as they are paper (no metal backing).
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recycling cd's
written by laura parker, January 21, 2008
The idea of recycling came to ms as I were preparing to discard year 2005 files which ended up containing at least 4000 used cd's. What a waste! So for those out there using massive numbers of cd's like we 'did' consider using external drives for storage instead and replacing them yearly. They are affordable, easy to store if you want to keep your files for years as we do viagra and reusable later. Shipping of purchase levitra online these cd's for recycling is not an option due to the weight. Are there any recycling places in Florida?
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written by Vinh Truong, October 03, 2008
Here is a project to collect CDs and DVDs from households to build something new and useful.
Please spread the words.
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So can it just be put with other e-waste
written by Claudia, December 10, 2008
Are these options any different from what would happen to http://www.sinai.org.il/generic-viagra-canada them if they were just given to an e-waste collector?
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Update on CD recycling
written by Michael K, July 02, 2009
Please be advised that Digital Audio Disk Corporation has discontinued their CD recycling program.
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Keen On Green
written by Elham, June 27, 2013
Thanks for sharing! I wrote the numbers on the CD's ahead of time and then my 4 year old stuck on the stickers to correspond with the number.smilies/smiley.gif
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Updated Information
written by J-Heck, October 04, 2013
I'll just leave this here.... smilies/wink.gif

http://www.cdrecyclingcenter.org/
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Thanks:)
written by Laura, November 17, 2013
Thanks for giving us this information, I had no idea you could recycle CDs (although I've never thrown any away),now if I ever decide to get rid of any I know I can. Also thanks for including UK CD recycling services.

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