I collect accessory computer waste via my GreenDisk trash can at my children’s school. Okay, I admit it. In fact, truth be told, I have been
obsessively collecting electronic accessory waste for 3 1/2 years which includes DVDs, CDs, VHS, and their plastic cases and other assorted goodies. (Read here what GreenDisk recycles.)
Now that you know what kind of lunatic I am. Are you wondering why? There is an obvious method to my madness. At least I think so.
So why did this fascination become a hobby? I got turned onto collecting computer accessories because I was the recipient of umpteen copies of AOL CD disks. Do you remember when you were constantly getting those AOL try me disks in the mail? So, what did you think people did with them?
Some crafty people actually made home made goodies to give to their loved ones. (You know, those beautiful coasters for your drinks?) The vast majority did the old pitch in the trash can routine.
I just thought there had to be an answer instead of throwing away these disks. Making art projects and trivets for drinks was not my style. Nor was pitching since I think of myself as sort of a Recycling Diva.
Thank goodness for GreenDisk and their wonderful trash cans. Because of this little Company, my soul has been let free to express my true inner recycling self. (Okay, this is a nice way of saying, I am compulsive when it comes to recycle. I know I have a problem…but in a good way, right?)
Over the last three years, I get such a kick at what people put in the box. Sometimes I feel like the Statute of Liberty.
Give me your tired, your poor and huddled unwanted CDs, VHS tapes, and DVDs yearning to be recycled…as well as anything you just don’t want.
I receive lots of VHS tapes of recorded television shows, unwanted software, and lot of used CDs and DVDs. I have yet to receive porn. At least, I have not found it in my box.
I generally pick through the mass of electronic minutia to find some jems that the teachers at my school would like. And put them in the teacher lounge for them to take. Recently, I found The Truman Show with Jim Carey in my pile.
I even found a bunch of disk holders that the library teacher could reuse as jackets for the kids’ yearly portfolio work CDs.
In the box this time was scrap metal that I will recycle at the scrap yard.
And there is the plastic waste. Some I can recycle like the plastic bags but others I can’t such as the plastic/paper disk holders.
And there is all that paper that needs to be recycled. It is just amazing how much packaging waste there is.
This sorting takes about an hour since I look at every piece to see if I can give it to someone rather than recycle it. Then I put what’s left back into the box to get it ready to ship, and start the whole process over with a new trash can.
Although you might think cleaning out my box would be boring, it isn’t. It is pretty interesting to see what shows people tape and stuff they throw away. Who knows? Tomorrow may bring another treasure.
So, readers, what do you do with your old VHS tapes, CDs you no longer want, or used up DVDs?
Are you a recycaholic? If so, how?