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Have you got old CDs, CD-ROMs and DVDs hanging around that you no longer want.? Maybe you have replaced many of your CDs and DVDs with Blu-ray disks or digital downloads.
What can you do with your unwanted disks?
If they are in good condition they should ideally be passed on to someone else who can use them.
Now you may be asking, what about the free CDs and DVDs that you find in newspapers and magazines? Check before you donate these to a charity shop; many won't sell them, and at best they will be distributed to the shop staff and volunteers. Otherwise they just go in the bin and off to landfill anyway.
If you have free CDs and DVDs or damaged disks what else can you do with them apart from using them as coasters?
Both the disks and the plastic jewel cases from disks are 100% recycleable.
Unfortunately however, at present we do not know of anywhere will accept disks for recycling from the general public, and I'm afraid the current advice is that domestic quantities of old disks will not be recycled by most local council household recycling centres, and should be put into your household waste for disposal.
Green Ant Recycling will accept old CDs and DVDs for recycling, however they are focused on industrial quantities of materials. If the CDs and DVDs are still in their cases they need a minimum of around 3 tonnes to make collections viable without having to charge you.
So here's the maths .. a CD in it's case weighs around 100g. 3 tonnes is approximately 3000kg, so you would need to have a minimum of 30,000 CDs to make collection viable for the company. That is quite a CD collection to dispose of.
Of course you may have some ideas on how to reuse them yourself. Gardeners often hang them up in their vegetable patches because the light reflections frighten off birds. They could also make an interesting mobile for a baby's room.
This article demonstrates some magnificently artistic ways to reuse unwanted CDs.
And you could, of course, use them to decorate a suit. The record 'Pop Muzic' by 'M', originally released in 1979 was remixed in 1989 and when lead singer Robin Scott appeared on Top Of The Pops he wore a suit completely covered in CDs. Check out the video below. Must have weighed a ton
About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of Reduce Reuse Recycle.
Last updated 17th January 2017