Re: CD ROM Discs
Scott Begin (sbegin@MCS.NET)
Mon, 2 Feb 1998 22:04:34 -0600
At 01:12 PM 1/29/98 -0700, The Young Family wrote:
>Has anyone out there figured out a craft to do with the CD ROM discs from
>America Online that seem to arrrive in my mail box every other week?
I must admit that the solutions posted so far for using all the old AOL
CD-ROMS have been amusing.
Here's some information that you can use:
This comes to me from the December 1996 issue of _PC_World_ magazine, page
300, in the Answer Line Column by Scott Spanbauer. Someone had asked the
same question. I've edited the amusing commentary out to just the
"...Ordinary CD-ROMS contain a layer of Aluminum, CD-recordable discs
have a layer of gold, and both disc types consist primarily of
polycarbonate plastic that can be turned into other plastic products.
"This doesn't mean that you'll get paid for your surplus CDs or even get
reimbursed for the shipping costs, but you'll be doing your part to reduce
the burden on Mother Earth by recycling.
"GreenDisk in Preston, WA takes your CD's, floppies, and magnetic tapes
and recycles the materials -- the company even sells floppy disks.
GreenDisk also runs a corporate software recycling program that takes
complete software packages and recycles 99.5 percent of the material,
including paper, cardboard, plastics, and distribution media. Each
corporation receives a letter certifying that the software package has
been destroyed in accordance with the terms of the license.
"Digital Audio Disc in Terre Haute, Indiana, takes your old CDs and even
the plastic jewel cases they came in. The company asks only that you
remove any cardboard or paper from the case. If you live closer to
Indianapolis, you can ship your unwanted discs to Plastic Recycling, which
also recycles discs and cases.
"To learn more about CD, floppy disk, and other computer related
recycling, check Evergreen Industries's Internet Consumer Recycling Guide
page (http://www.best.com/~dillon/recycle/) and click the Guide to hard-
to-recycle materials link. In addition to listing disk recycling
resources, the guide suggests cutting CD's that contain sensitive data
with tin shears before recycling, to render them unreadable.
"GreenDisk; 800/305-3475, 206/222-7736 (fax);
Ship to: GreenDisk, 8124 304th Ave. SE, Preston, WA 98050
"Digital Audio Disk Corp. Disk Recycling Program, 300 N. Fruitridge Ave.,
Terre Haute, IN 47803
"Plastic Recycling Inc.; 317/780-6100 Ship to: Plastic Recycling Inc.,
2015 S. Pennsylvania, Indianapolis, IN 46625"
Now for my experience with this:
The company I work for has a CD Product that we used to update
semi-annually, rendering all previous CD's obsolete. I took a stack of
our old CDs, the AOL/MSN CD's I collected, and some CD-R's that we didn't
need any more, and sent them off to be recycled. I had about 150 CDs
that I sent, although it may get expensive to send smaller batches, and it
may take a while to collect enough to make it worthwhile to send them off
(in the 7 months since then, I've only collect 11 CDs from outside that I
am recycling. I have less than that in old/bad CR-R's).
If you are concerned about the data on the CDs, break them, although I
found that tin snips will break more than cut the CDs, resulting in small
pieces occasionally flying around. Use safety glasses and do it somewhere
that you can clean up easily. The next batch I will try my Sears
Craftsman HandiCut to see if that will make a cleaner cut.
I have not checked any of the URL's in the article.
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin Troop 348, Oak Forest, IL, Calumet Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City