How to Reuse Old CD's

How to Reuse Old CD'sRemember when 8-tracks were all the rage? No? Us neither. But wondering where all those 8-tracks went has kept us up a night or two. At least we know where the records went. And someday, CD’s will be a thing of the past as well (can’t we just all agree to stop with the musical substitutions? Having to constantly recreate our collection is becoming quite the annoyance).

In preparation for that day, The Budget Ecoist wants to help you with some ideas on how you can recycle the CD’s you no longer use.

Why recycle CD’s? CD’s and DVD’s are made from lacquers, aluminum and sometimes gold. Most of their weight, though, is polycarbonate plastic – yet another plastic made from crude oil. Throwing them in a landfill guarantees they’ll be around far longer than any of us. They don’t break down, and over time can release Bisphenol A (BPA). Burning CD and DVD media releases toxic fumes.

If you’re not interested in repurposing those CD’s, there are recycling services that are free; you need only to pay the postage. It doesn’t matter what condition the CD or DVD is in; even broken ones will be accepted.

Here are a few organizations that offer free DVD and CD recycling services:

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For the more creative folk, here are some ideas on how to reuse those CD’s and DVD’s:

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  1. linda kilpatrick says

    Hi.  I live in Texas and have a blog where I design and think up ideas to make crafts.  My daughter was throwing out some old CD’s so I came up with a way to recycle them into a wonderful gift idea.  The recipient won’t know it has a CD inside unless you tell them it’s there.  Here’s the link. This one is a draw string gift bag.
    This one uses 2 CD’s up and they are small cakes that look like the real thing. They can be used as table decorations or as gifts.
    This one uses one CD and is a gift basket.

    Hope you enjoy. Linda

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