There are a few boxes of stuff I’ve been avoiding. You know the ones, don’t you? They’re full of stuff you don’t need but have no idea how to get rid of it. One of these boxes is full of stuff I now call “technotrash” (so much cooler than calling it “junk”): cassette tapes, old computer cords and cables, videotapes, old scratched-up CDs and the like. What’s a girl to do with unwanted technotrash? Here are a few ideas:


GreenDisk was founded on Earth Day in 1993 by people with a passion for the environment. Since then, the company has become a leader in technotrash recycling and reuse. GreenDisk focuses on making recycling of electronic waste convenient and available to everyone in the country. GreenDisk offers:
  • an “industrial strength” recycling solution available at home or at work
  • recycling services with the convenience of easy ordering and easy pick-up
  • acceptance of a wide range of mixed technotrash (from a CD to a PC)
  • the secure destruction of all information on any media
  • products made from the materials you recycle
Go to for a complete listing of services and products.

CD Recycling Center of America

The Compact Disc Recycling Center was founded in 2006 to provide consumers and companies education, awareness and options for easy CD and DVD recycling. This site is full of great information about reuse, recycling and disposal of CDs and DVDs — it even helped me salvage a few scratched-up DVDs: Minor scratches can be repaired by rubbing a mild abrasive (such as toothpaste) on the non-label side of a disc in a circular motion from the center out. Like magic, Curious George Goes Green lives again! Go to for more information. Here are some additional links: Recycle your CDs and DVDs and help protect the environment. This company uses the CDs/DVDs sent to them to make their recycled CD clocks, or they are sent off to be granulated down for reuse. E-cycling Central: This site endeavors to bring you everything you need to know about electronics recycling. ACT Recycling & Employment Services: This Missouri-based organization provides work for disabled individuals. ACT accepts several types of old media for recycling. So, if you’d like to help out a worthy cause while decluttering, you can donate your old technotrash to ACT.