Dear Allie: What Should I Do With Old CD’s?

Posted on January 21, 2009 by Allie

My friend Jeff e-mailed me with the following:

I just paid $54 to get six PCs and two boxes of cables, boards, peripherals, etc. dating back to the 80′s properly recycled.  This after stripping the PCs of reusable parts and flattening a ton of no-longer needed packaging.  I’m making progress in reclaiming my basement, but I still have two leftovers from my efforts:  stacks of CD/DVDs and 3-1/2″ disks.  Can you tell me the RIGHT thing to do with these?  Has anybody ever come up with anything besides coasters for CD/DVDs?

Here’s my answer:

Hi Jeff,

Good for you for recycling all that old computer equipment!

Here are two links I found for recycling CDs:

And if you want to get church sale crafty, here’s another one –

Or, you can make a greenhouse from CD cases –



Do you have any ideas for old CD’s and DVDs?

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  1. My kids and I make Christmas gifts out of them. We glue two together so that the shiny side is out. Then in the center we glue pictures of the kids. Drill a small hole through the top and string a piece of ribbon. They make great ornaments or sun catchers!

    January 21st, 2009 at 9:21 pm
    Comment by michele
  2. If they’re still usable CDs and DVDs, donate them to a thrift store. Just because you don’t want them doesn’t mean no one will. I pick up old VHS tapes from the thrift store all the time.

    January 22nd, 2009 at 1:10 am
    Comment by Erin Peters
  3. If you have a garden, take the dvd/cd out of the case and run a string through the center hole. hand it/them around the garden. they spin in the wind and scare off birds. They also make a cool spinning light rainbow.

    January 22nd, 2009 at 3:54 am
    Comment by Sweethearts Mom
  4. I meant Hang…

    January 22nd, 2009 at 3:55 am
    Comment by Sweethearts Mom
  5. craigs list…free items

    January 22nd, 2009 at 3:56 am
    Comment by Sweethearts Mom
  6. frisbee

    January 22nd, 2009 at 3:56 am
    Comment by Sweethearts Mom
  7. hanging toys for the chickens to play with

    January 22nd, 2009 at 3:57 am
    Comment by Sweethearts Mom
  8. do they float on an air hockey table? that could be a fun game!

    January 22nd, 2009 at 3:58 am
    Comment by Sweethearts Mom
  9. On Saturday, there will be a collection for unwanted electronics at a local park here. They advertised it in the paper and it’s free. I think they do it from time to time just to keep people from dumping TVs and computers in landfills because they contain heavy metals like mercury. If the equipment still works, though, I wonder if somebody could put it to use.

    January 22nd, 2009 at 5:29 pm
    Comment by mickey
  10. Hey Allie, I was wondering the same thing a few weeks ago. I have a bunch of CD cases that I want to get rid of as well as some old computer cords. I was going to offer the cords on Freecycle, but I found this recycling company. I’m planning on shipping a box full of eWaste stuff to them soon. I’ll let you know what happens.

    January 22nd, 2009 at 5:49 pm
    Comment by The Modern Gal
  11. It appears Sweethearts Mom is on a roll here. :)

    Where I live, there is a store dedicated entirely to used books, music and movies. You can go trade in your old stuff for whatever value they decide it’s worth, then use that money to get yourself something new (well, used, but it’s new to you.) The whole process never involves anything brand-new. I love it!

    January 22nd, 2009 at 5:12 pm
    Comment by courtney
  12. You might want to take a look at I use them to swap out books that I no longer read and to get books that I do want. They have a DVD/CD exchange system as well. I’ve never used it but if the CDs and DVDs are in good condition, you might be able to trade them for ones that you want.

    January 23rd, 2009 at 9:59 pm
    Comment by Dingo

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