Tuesday, August 4, 2009

How To Recycle Old DVD's, CD's and Hard Drives

I found a great website today and wanted to share it with all of you. The site is Back Thru the Future. You can send them old CD's and DVD's to be recycled for free. According to their site you must only send in the discs, no cases or packing material, to Back Thru The Future, 150 Main Street, Ogdensburg, NJ 07439, and write "FREE CD/DVD RECYCLING" on the package. It may be a good idea to click on the link above before sending to make sure their offer is still valid. I've never tried it, but next time I have an old disc I am going to send it there and will update this post for everyone.

Some quick facts on CD and DVD recycling from Back Thru the Future's website:

  • A cd/dvd is considered a class 7 recyclable plastic
  • To manufacture a pound of plastic (30 CDs per pound), it requires 300 cubic feet of natural gas, 2 cups of crude oil and 24 gallons of water
  • It is estimated that AOL alone has distributed more than 2 billion CDs. That is the natural gas equivalent of heating 200,000 homes for 1 year
  • It is estimated that it will take over 1 million years for a CD to completely decompose in a landfill
This sounds like a great way to recycle your old discs that most local recycling centers won't take. Please feel free to leave comments about any experiences with this recycling website. Thanks!
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