Recycling Tips for More Pesky Problems: Old CDs? VHS tapes?

A couple of weeks ago, we posted about various pesky items, things that tend to clutter up homes because people don’t know what to do with them. (Especially people who are loathe to toss things that are either toxic, or could be reused, into the trash.) Specifically, we talked about old socks, corks from wine bottles, and cereal box liners.

Other posts in our archives have dealt with getting rid of–by recycling, giving away, or otherwise responsibly disposing of– electronic devices, clothing, and medical equipment.

This week I thought I’d poke around and see what can be done about old CDs (or even new CDs, you know, the kind you get from the Post Office and don’t know what to do with?) and VHS tapes.

And, as we have found with every kind of item we’ve researched thus far, it would appear that when it comes to NOT filling our landfills with these items, where there’s a will there’s a way.

Here are a couple of sites that will help you with the unwanted CD and VHS problem:

http://earth911.com/recycling/electronics/cds-and-dvds/

http://1800recycling.com/2011/09/upcycle-old-cds/

I’m wondering what other kinds of items people are struggling to find proper recycling or reusing uses for. Would you like to throw out a challenge for us to research? If so, we’ll add it to the list and see what ideas are out there. It’s really kind of refreshing to see the creative uses people have come up with–and also to know that we’re not alone in wanting to try hard not to mess up our beautiful earth any more than we already have.

Janet Hulstrand is a writer/editor,  writing coach travel blogger, and coauthor of Moving On: A Practical Guide to Downsizing the Family Home.

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4 Responses

  1. Great ideas! I needed this blog the other day when a resident asked us what to do with VHS tapes…. I can’t believe people still have those…. though I still have a VCR, so who am I kidding!?!?!

    I’ll have to check out if some of the recycling options (ex. Best Buy) are available here in Ontario, Canada.

    Thanks for a good read!

    Nicole Meek, Halton Region, http://www.haltonrecycles.ca, @haltonrecycles

    • Thanks, Nicole! Yes VHS tapes are a particularly pesky problem because a lot of people still have them, yet most of the usual places to donate such things–libraries, schools, etc.–won’t accept them, for obvious reasons. Good luck in your search, and thanks for taking the time to comment! JH

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