30 April, 2010

Recycling Old CDs, DVDs, and Their Cases

In case your area does not recycle old CDs, DVDs, and their jewel cases, I found a place that will take them for free (I just confirmed it with their customer service as well). Send them to:

MRC Polymers, Inc.
3535 W. 31st St.
Chicago, IL 60623

Some interesting facts I learned about CDs and DVDs in general:

  • A cd/dvd is considered a class 7 recyclable plastic
  • To manufacture a pound of plastic (30 CDs per pound), it requires 300 cubic feet of natural gas, 2 cups of crude oil and 24 gallons of water
  • It is estimated that AOL alone has distributed more than 2 billion CDs. That is the natural gas equivalent of heating 200,000 homes for 1 year
  • It is estimated that it will take over 1 million years for a CD to completely decompose in a landfill 

So c'mon people, let's do our part and recycle, even if it's a hassle to ship them.

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