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Where Can I Recycle...CDs & DVDs?
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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?
CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays in Good Condition
If they are in good condition they should ideally be passed on to someone else who can use them.
What About Those Freebie Disks from the Newspaper?
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?
Can CDs, DVDs , CD-ROMs and Blu-rays be Recycled?
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.
You Could Get Creative
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
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