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Recycling CDs, DVDs, floppies, videos, oh my!

August 5, 2009

Question:

Cam-- Some things are easy to recycle (paper, glass and plastic bottles, aluminum cans, etc.). What about more unconventional things: CD/DVDs, floppy disks, video tapes, audio tapes, and their plastic storage containers? Is it possible to recycle these on campus? Thanks. --Clutter and Waste Reducer

Cam’s answer:

This question gets the space between my horns reminiscing about the 1970s when CSU was one of the first universities in the nation to get hip to recycling. The cars were still large, typewriters were still clicking, but paper was finding its way out of a landfill and back into the consumer stream. Ah, memories.

To answer your question about CDs and the like, I checked with the recycling folks at Facilities Management who told me that because many of these items may contain personal information, these types of items need to be destroyed first. Surplus Property can take these items to be shredded and recycled. Toss those plastic cases into a blue recycle bin.

- Cam