Reusing CDs and DVDs

Updated: September 2016

DO NOT place unwanted discs or packaging in your curbside or town recycling bins. They do not properly recycle CDs and DVDs because they are #7 plastic.

Each year, billions of CDs and DVDs are manufactured, while millions of these discs end up in landfills and incinerators. If you use, sell, promote, distribute, or manufacture compact discs, it is your responsibility to promote how to recycle them. Compacts Discs, when recycled properly, will stop unnecessary pollution, conserve natural resources, and help slow global warming. Spread the word to help us save the world we all live in.

When not recycled properly, discs will last forever in a landfill or emit harmful gases into the atmosphere from an incinerator. Out of the billions of CDs and DVDs manufactured each year, millions will end up in landfills and incinerators. If you use, sell, promote, distribute, or manufacture compact discs, let us help you recycle them.

Plastic discs are made from oil. Recycling your discs saves oil and conserves natural resources, while turning them back into something useful.

Before throwing away a CD or DVD please inform yourself where can you drop them, nowadays there are shops where you can bring your items such as batteries, cables, lightbulbs or discs and they take care of them. If you live in the USA, consider recycling your discs in CD Recycling Center of America.

If you CD has scratches, click on the following picture to learn how to Repair a CD with Toothaste:

Repurpose CDs and DVDs | ecogreenlove
How to Repair a CD With Toothpaste

If not, then take a look to this vast ideas to reuse/upcycle them, hope you find them inspirational 🙂

Repurpose CDs and DVDs | ecogreenlove
Create a texture with cut pieces of discs [not original source]
Repurpose CDs and DVDs | ecogreenlove
How to separate the layers of a DVD
Repurpose CDs and DVDs | ecogreenlove
DIY: Recycled CD iPhone Dock

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