Being up way too early today I started looking around for ways to recycle. Also, what better way to celebrate my 100th post on CDFreaks than with an environmental safety message. :flower:
"Obsolete or unrepairable CD's and cases can be recycled. Recordable CD-R's have about 20mg of gold that can be recovered, and some processors can actually remove the data layer, and reuse the plastic disc." "Since CD's are not very valuable, nobody will pay you for recycling. Send pre-paid by UPS Ground, third-class mail, freight or other surface transportation to NESAR Systems, 420 Ashwood Road, Darlington, PA 16115 (724)827-8172 or Digital Audio Disk Corporation, Attention: Disc Recycling Program, 1800 Fruitridge Ave., Terre Haute, IN 47804-1788, (812) 462-8323a"
Another webiste (http://www.bu.edu/recycling/OffCampus.html) states:
"To recycle CD's and jewel cases, send pre-paid package mailed to:
Plastic Recycling Incorporated
2015 South Pennsylvania
Indianapolis, IN 46225.
"GreenDisk, an organization headquartered in Sammamish, Washington, cleanly disposes of and recycles electronic media devices (including CDs, DVDs, and jewel cases) and most other forms of "techno trash." EcoDisk, based in Tacoma, Washington, offers a similar service. Both organizations require a small payment to cover the costs of recycling. To learn more, call either organization or visit their website: GreenDisk (www.greendisk.com); EcoDisk (www.ecodisk.com) 888/797-SOFT."
A place to start looking for recyclers is http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/depart/cd/recycle/options/mcds.htm. Although this is a website in California, there are links that might help anyone in the USA.
In essence, look for a plastics recycler (polycarbonate) in your area such as http://www.lacerta.com/recycling/competec.htm.
Elsewhere in the world:
The Brits seem to have their act together with sites like these: http://www.reuze.co.uk/cds.shtml and http://www.applegate.co.uk/products/psz/48076.htm.
An old CDFreaks thread I found said that media must be recycled in Germany: http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=111176. Too bad the link to the PDF doesn't work. Then again, neither does my german.