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How to Recycle CDs

Do you have a collection of CDs from your glory days to which you never listen anymore? This guide will teach you how to recycle CDs and DVDs, so you can clear your clutter of boy band and rock and roll memorabilia.

Make the environmentally-conscious choice to recycle your CDs to save them for the landfill. Learn where to recycle CDs and the answers to all of your questions of what to do with all of your collection from AC/DC to ZZ Top. While CDs are recyclable, you may be surprised to find that recycling them is not as easy as dropping them in a green bin.

While it is legal to throw away CDs and DVDs, this guide will teach you how to recycle your discs so you can make the most sustainable decision!

Can I Recycle CDs in My Home Recycling?

CDs are recyclable, and while you might be tempted to drop them in your plastic green bins for pick-up, your local facility likely can't process them. CDs are made of two types of plastic (#6 and #7) that are very difficult to recycle?

Where to Recycle CDs

Where Do I Recycle CDs? 

Even though you can't recycle CDs and DVDs at home, they can still be recycled. Specialty programs like the CD Recycling Center of America and GreenDisk allow you to mail CDs to be processed for recycling. You will have to pay for shipping or a small fee for your discs to be recycled. Depending on where you live, there could be local places that will collect CDs and DVDs for recycling. Earth911 includes a locator tool of collection sites for various materials.

What Are Other Options for My CDs?

There are other options for keeping CDs out of landfills besides recycling.

  1. Sell Locally. You can sell CDs and DVDs to local used bookstores or game stores. You might not make top dollar, but you'll earn some cash and clear space in your home. 
  2. Sell Online. If you have a collectible item or high-value collection, you can sell CDs on eBay for quick cash. If your collection is less desirable, you can sell CDs at Decluttr and earn an average of $0.50 a CD.
  3. Donate. You can always donate CDs to places like Goodwill or the Salvation Army. This gives your discs a second life and helps a charity.

What Are Other Options for MY CDs?

DIY CD Projects

If you're feeling more crafty, you can use your CDs to complete a DIY project at home. Be creative and try one of the ideas below or come up with your own!

DIY CD Projects



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I don't know anyone who still has these CDs lying around in their homes but i didn't know you couldn't dump them in the trash either. Its great to know that there's still a place i can mail them out to recycle or if you want to reuse them theres a creative list on how you can do it. That kitchen backsplash looks amazing covered in those CDs. Other ideas involve making coasters out of them or a wall decor.

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