CD-ROM Services used to accept CDs and DVDs for recycling, but unfortunately the recycling company in Sydney has closed down, so we do not know of any FREE disc recycling service in Sydney.
If you find anyone in Sydney who recycles discs at no charge, please let us know!
Some councils will accept CDs and DVDs when they have an eWaste collection day, where local residents can take equipment, discs and even tapes for recycling.
Some of the document destruction companies will also destroy discs, but they will charge for this service, and may not even be able to recycle the material.
Process: In order to recycle discs it is necessary that the metallic coating is removed and then the substrate (the plastic type material) is then recycled. This process requires specialised expensive equipment, hence the lack of disc recycling services.
The CD cases may be recycled with other plastics if they have the recycling logo. Note that the triangular symbol with a number in the middle imprinted on the back of the cases does not mean that the plastic is recyclable, it only indicates the type of plastic. If they do not have the logo, and you add them to your local plastics recycling bin, you might be causing more difficulty to the plastics recycler as they may contaminate an entire batch. If should remove the paper inserts which can easily be recycled with your other paper products.
In Victoria we suggest Gram Destruction.
We cannot accept video or magnetic tapes for recycling due to health and safety reasons, namely the mold that tends to grow on old unused tapes but Northside Paper Recycling appears to offer the recycling of tapes.
Tel: 1300 888 487
Fax: (02) 9881 5355
We also ask that you use common sense in recycling materials. If the environmental cost of sending the materials for recycling seems to be greater than the environmental saving of recycling the discs, perhaps the wisest choice is to just add them to your garbage. The disc material is very inert and unlikely to do any damage to the ground water etc.
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