A library is a wonderful place to promote or run a disc recycling collection or education campaign. Students and non-students alike trust their local library for educational experiences. Recycling and environmental issues are growing more popular everyday, and people are seeking new knowledge to help manage their sustainability and carbon footprint. Libraries also continually receive and dispose of CDs and DVDs. Are you recycling them correctly?

The CD Recycling Center focuses on proper disc collection, sorting, handling and recycling. Our mail-in initiative is important for environmental supporters that recycle their discs, and realize curbside recycling does not properly recycle the #7 plastic that CDs and DVDs are manufactured from. We have zero landfill waste here at the center, and we can achieve this by focusing just on CDs, DVDs and related packaging. Curbside cannot properly collect, sort, store and process a few dozen, hundreds, or even thousands of discs. Since we collect millions, it is very easy for us to successfully recycle them. Here’s a suggestion on how to have a collection program at your school:

Discs only

  1. Choose a convenient location in your Library.
  2. Place a recycling receptacle or collection box in this area. Write on it 'Recycle Compact Discs Here'.
  3. Post our free CD recycling poster informing people about the importance of CD recycling.
  4. Simply take a few minutes, check your all areas where waste discs may be, and other areas for old, scratch, used, over run, or unwanted discs. Spread the word to peolple coming in.
  5. Place all the discs into the box.
  6. Mark the box 'CDs / DVDs/ HD / Blu-ray Discs only'


  1. If you have plastic cases such as a jewel case, or a slim case, please see if you can reuse them, or keep them for future use with perhaps another new disc.
  2. If broken or cracked, please collect in a separate box Please write on it 'CD cases here'
  3. We accept all standard CD packages, cases and sleeves.
  4. If your CD case is a carboard and plastic combination, such as a DigiPak or similar, please tear off the plastic part and place in this box, but see below in regards to the paper.
  5. Mark the box 'cases only' Inserts, Covers, Paperwork


  1. If you have covers, inserts or any other paper or paper board product that accompanies your compact disc, Please collect in a separate box. 'CD paperwork here'
  2. Mark the box 'paper only'

When your boxes, bins or pallets are full, please send to:

The Compact Disc Recycling Center of America
68E Stiles Road
Salem, NH 03079

Yes, the shipping may cost you a small amount, but although you may not realize it, you'll be generating less trash, which you would have to pay to dispose of anyway. Less trash = less weight = less pickups which hopefully means fewer and cheaper trash pick ups.

Think about it

  • You'll generate less trash.
  • You'll be helping the very planet you live on.
  • Landfills will be less filled with non-decomposing plastic.
  • Incinerators will be generating less pollution that hurts our atmosphere.
  • Your customers will love you for it. (Some may already be expecting that you're already doing it)

If needed, you can rent or purchase a CD shredder and CD collection boxes from one of our affiliates

Get helpful signs and posters here to support your campaign

Start recycling now!