Green Tip: Recycle your CDs

Green Tip: Recycle your CDs

Jul 12, 2007

Where do old CDs go to die? For most of us, they clutter notebooks, desktops, and occasionally they are destroyed and thrown in the trash. EcoGeek answers the question, is it possible to recycle old CDs or DVDs?

As Eco-Geek suggests, you should destroy anything that contains data you wouldn't want anyone else seeing (or using.) But if you're not worried about your data, there are many companies that run CD recycling programs. Some report that the two companies EcoGeek recommends have discontinuted their recycling services. We found several, including:

Plastic Recycling, Inc.
2015 South Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225
(via Green Office)

Recycle for Breast Cancer also takes CDs (including broken ones), as well as a plethora of e-waste. And GreenDisk also recycles CDs for a fee.

If all else fails, you can always re-purpose your CDs and sell your craft project on Etsy. Perhaps the best advice from EcoGeek, is to avoid using media entirely. Don't write everything to CD, unless it is imperative that you have a backup copy.

(thanks for the photo, Rich!)

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