Better than my Closet

     I was so excited to read the information in yesterday’s Idealbyte e-mail.  I have been wondering what to do with all of my old cd’s, their cases and no longer needed videotapes.  I have a large rubbermaid filled to the brim with these items just waiting to be recycled.  Iam happy to report I will soon be freeing up some space in my closet. 

 Ready to eject your old CDs?

The Bite
Pause before you chuck ’em. Now that MP3s and Blu-ray hi-def movies are taking over, CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes (and their cases) are going the way of the phonograph. After you’ve converted or burned them, recycling is easier than skipping to the next song.

The Benefits

  • More space for everything else. When was the last time you actually listened to that copy of Kenny G’s Greatest Hits?
  • CDs that don’t play the earth. Each month, more than 45 tons of CDs become obsolete and end up inlandfills and incinerators – and in landfills they can take centuries to biodegrade.

Wanna Try?

  • Greendisk Technotrash Pack-IT – recycle any electronic waste in your home (up to 20 pounds) through this mail-in service ($7).
  • Ripstyles – Lazy Biters: opt for its LXRY service, where it’ll burn your albums for you and recycle your jewel boxes (prices vary depending on volume).
  • ACT Recycling – recycle videocassettes and computer disks through an org that provides jobs to disabled people.
  • DIY Bite: Many nonprofits such as Goodwill will take your old CDs, DVDs, and computer games. You can also exchange them for cash or new media in used movie/music shops, or online.
  • If 10,000 Biters recycle a DVD instead of chucking it, we’ll keep the weight of 69 coffee tables in plastic and paper out of landfills.