Billions of CDs and DVDs are made weekly and every month 10,000 pounds of CDs become obsolete useless, or unwanted. There is not a lot of uses for disk when they are no longer used besides throwing them in the garbage or throwing in your curbside recycling bins, which do not get recycled and end up in the landfills anyway. CDs and DVDs are a #7 plastic and if not processed correctly increase waste, harm the environment, and cause us to use more natural resources for the ever demanding supply of more.
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The disks are ground down to a gravel like powder that is then used in many ways, including CD and DVD cases, automotive industry parts, office equipment's, alarm boxes and panels, electrical cable insulation, and more.
You can see how recycling can help cut back on natural resources used like oil.
What if you no longer need or use a good Disk?
You can trade with friends, donate to your school or library, donate movies to local shelter, or trade in game and movie stores. There are lots of options that can give your no longer wanted disk a new life.
What if your disk has some scratches or skipping?
Revive you disk with a mild abrasive like toothpaste. On the non label side of disk lightly rub toothpaste in a circular motion from the center out. This is great for minor scratches.
You can start a school project! Make a set location for students, families, and teacher to bring in their unwanted and used CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, and HDs. You can then mail in to the CD Recycling Center of America. If you have a small amount you can just mail or ship your disk to a location closest to you.