How to recycle CD cases

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How to recycle CD cases
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Many people store their CDs on spindles or in CD holders, leaving a pile of useless CD cases. Tempting as it might be to throw them away, recycling is a better option.

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  1. 1

    Take the CD cases to a recycling centre that accepts CD jewel cases. Visit Earth911 to find such a centre near you (see Resources). Also consider sending them to companies that specialise in recycling CDs and other computer-related items, such as GreenDisk and CD Recycling Center of America (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Donate the cases. Your local library, for example, might use them to replace cases for DVDs and CDs in circulation.

  3. 3

    Join a local Freecycle group. Freecycle is a network of groups of people who give and receive items free. List your CD cases for those who might need them. Visit to find a group in your area.

  4. 4

    Find other uses for the CD cases. The cases could be used for craft projects, for instance, or as storage for other objects.

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