You’ve got a pile of old CD’s in your closet that are probably never going to get listened to again because well, the music is still the best ever but everything’s gone digital and who even has a CD player anymore?
So now, how do you dispose of old CDs? CD cases are made of polystyrene #6 and CDs are made from polycarbonate #7, neither of which is easily recyclable.
Can I Throw Old CD’s in the Trash?
The short answer is yes but that’s really not a great option. You could put them in the trash but CD’s and their plastic cases do not decompose in a landfill and if you put them in an incinerator, they’ll give off toxic fumes. Neither are good ways to dispose of old CDs.
Are Old CD’s Recyclable?
YES! One way to dispose of old CDs is to recycle them. CDs and their plastic cases can be sent to a recycling center where they are sorted, shredded and melted into a low grade of raw plastic suitable for use in the automotive and building materials industries. A few resources for recycling CDs are:
- CD Recycling Center of America
- Green Disk – takes more than just CDs
- Earth 911 – recycling locator tool
Is There a Market for CD’s?
I’m not really sure there’s much of a market for old CD’s simply because everything has, for the most part, gone digital but you could always search eBay if you’ve got a special CD that you think may have some value.
What is Decluttr.com?
There is a company, Decluttr, that buys CDs, DVDs, video games, phones, gaming consoles, etc that you may be able to get a bit of money for your old discs.
You enter in the UPC code for the disc and Decluttr gives it a value. I logged in a box full of CDs (probably about 60) and if I remember correctly, it was valued at like $20.
It’s not much but hey, it’s something and they send you a shipping label so you’re not footing that bill.
What Does Decluttr Do With CDs
Decluttr sells (on their website) the CDs that are in good shape and recycles those that are not.
Surely at some point in the future a variety of CDs will show up on the show Antiques Roadshow and command some crazy amount of money. I don’t know that I’ve ever watched a whole episode but I’ve seen some clips where some treasures are valued at crazy high amounts.
What is Swapacd.com?
Years ago, and I mean years ago, well probably 10, I found this website called swapabook.com. It was an online book exchange. You listed books you wanted to get rid of that others could request from you and visa versa.
It was cool, I got a bunch of good books this way. Sadly, it became more of a market place for new books which defeated the reason I was there. I didn’t want new.
Swapacd.com is the same thing but without the market for new products. This is another place you can off load some old CD’s.
What Can You Do With Old CD’s?
If you don’t feel like going through the hassle of boxing and shipping them, you can always just donate them to places like Goodwill and other charitable organizations.
Another option (and probably one of the best options) is to turn them into something else. Let your creative juices flow!
DIY Projects Using CD’s
I probably wouldn’t do this with actual music CD’s or DVD’s but you know those random CD’s or DVD’s that you’ve gotten as promotional material or from somewhere else, I’d use those.
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DIY Projects for Kids Using CD’s
If you’ve had kids in your house at any point in time, I’m sure you have some of these plastic beads lurking in drawers, under beds, in bags, and lordy knows where else.
DIY Projects for Adults Using CD’s
If you search on Pinterest, you’ll find some pretty awesome looking projects using CD’s. Here are a few that caught my eye:
The floating water lillies in this post are super amazing!
I’ll admit, I still have a CD player in my car so I still listen to CDs. My favorites at the moment are Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews, Journey and my 80’s hits. They just don’t make music like they used to, LOL!
Comment below and tell me that you still have a box of CDs in a closet somewhere in your house…it’s ok, you can lie.
Make it a green day!