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CD's

CD Recycling



CD is an abbreviation for many things such as Cardiovascular Disease, Cash Disbursement, and even Christian Dior. In this article it means Compact Disc. It is an optical digital audio disc. The CD is a round disc, recorded on one side only, and is usually 120mm/4.75" diameter. CD's were first introduced in the US in 1983. There are different formats of CD's including CD-R, CD-RW (both are recordable), CD-ROM, (this can be data such as new software for your computer) CD (audio - music). Ever wonder what materials are used to make a CD? The main material is an injection-molded piece of clear polycarbonate plastic. This plastic has been impressed with microscopic bumps arranged as a single, continuous, extremely long spiral track of data.



Once this plastic has been formed, a thin, reflective aluminium layer is sputtered onto the disc, covering the bumps, and a thin acrylic layer is sprayed over the aluminium to protect it. Finally a printed label goes onto the acrylic.

What shall I do with my Old CD's?

The good news is that CD's are 100% recyclable. If your unwanted CD's are still in good condition you can sell them on eBay, or take them to a charity shop or second hand music shop. Alternatively, if they no longer work there are many places in the UK where you can send them to be recycled. Check out these companies who may be able to help you:

Poly C Reclaimers
www.plasticwaste.co.uk

Polymer Reprocessors
www.polymer-reprocessors.co.uk

Of course there are some other options too. CD's can be reused for many things. Check out the ideas section on this website for some reuse ideas for CD's (need to register or at least agree to the Terms and Conditions before viewing an individual idea)
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Or check out Scratch Busters who can 'mend' scratched CDs!
www.scratch-busters.co.uk

Related Articles/Further Information

Learn more about how CD's are recycled with this factsheet:
www.wastepoint.co.uk

To discuss and debate issues about CD Recycling check out the Junkk Forum here (need to register first):
Recycling CD's




 





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