News

Categories


 

By City


 

Upcoming Events

Community Events

06/30/15 Clean is community!


See all Events

Weekly Tips | January 25, 2011

Spin it Right Round!


When your CDs and DVDs have seen better days and you are ready to clear out your collection, consider recycling them. Green Disk, Back Thru the Future and the CD Recycling Center of America offer unique recycling options for CDs and DVDs. Green Disk also accepts other forms of electronic media, cases, cords and cables. While CDs and DVDs cannot be recycled in curbside bins, there are many reuse and alternative recycling options offered by disc recyclers that will keep them out of the landfill. If you are unable to participate in these alternative reuse and recycling programs, place unwanted CDs and DVDs and their cases in the garbage.

 

Resources: Green Disk | Goodwill | Earth 911 Tips on Recycling | EPA Electronics Recycling List

 

The Big Picture

Every month approximately 100,000 pounds of CDs are thrown away because they are outdated or considered useless or unwanted. When we discard CDs and DVDs, what exactly are we throwing away? Data storage discs are made from mined materials like aluminum (bauxite ore), gold, silver and nickel, polycarbonate—a type of plastic made from crude oil and natural gas, lacquer which is made from acrylic (plastic), petroleum-based dyes, glass and water(1). When CDs and DVDs are recycled, the polycarbonates and metals are separated and reused, often as automotive or construction materials. In some cases, disc recyclers are able to create new discs from the old ones(2).

 

Sources: (1) EPA Life Cycle of a CD or DVD | (2) Earth 911 Tips on Recycling
 

Reduce first. Reuse what you can, and then Recycle.


recycling 

Tags

wrapping paper whale weekly tip wastemobile waste reduction rewards waste reduction valentine upcycling toy swap the recology store take back your meds swap sustainable superbowl styrofoam streetscapes store soil snow shoreline seattle seatac school scholarship reuse repair regift recycling recycle truck visit recon queen anne portland plastic bag plastic phone paper packaging mulch movie medicine maple valley litter leftovers junk mail issaquah interconnection inclement weather hybrid truck holiday highline heat halloween green energy grass grand opening golden dumpster going green gift garden football food waste food drive evergreen fleets event energy electronics education earth day e-waste donate des moines contract conscious consumption composting compost community improvement award clothing cleanscapes store clean up christmas tree cell phone catalog carnation burien bothell boma bikeworks bikes bike battery batteries bag ban baby award ants america recycles day NRR HLA Film Burien News