Action 197: Recycle those old CDs; it CAN be done

DVD or CDDate: 16 July
Action: 197
Cost of taking action: £/$/€ FREE/LOW


Thought CDs and DVDs were non-recyclable? Think again!

Today’s article is short and sweet: it’s time to bust another myth!

The myth is that CDs and DVDs are non-recyclable items.

Although this was true at one time due to the type of plastic used, it’s no longer the case, so our action for today is to make sure that old CDs and DVDs are now recycled.

For example, in the UK Polymer Recycling say they are happy to accept postal deliveries of unwanted CDs, DVDs and cases from organisations and members of the public for recycling, provided that postage is paid by the sender. The address to send them to is Polymer Recycling Ltd, Peninsula Business Park, Moreton, Wirral, CH46 1DW.

This is a UK address, but a simple search in your browser for “DVD recycling” will throw up similar companies in other countries.

Why is this important?

It is important to avoid plastic waste as we know, and at the height of their use CDs, DVDs and *CD/DVD ROMS were produced in their billions.

They are still in extensive use today, despite the increasing use of streaming to consume media, and USB sticks for software and data storage.

However many are now obsolete and being discarded. At one time they were non-recyclable but this no longer applies, and it is important that we bust that myth and make sure CDs and DVDs don’t end up in landfill.

Please, take this simple action. Send your *discs for recycling!

You know it makes sense.

* Data

Data discs should be cut in half before you send them if they contain any sensitive or personal information, to prevent its extraction.