BADGE WORK UPDATE: ART IN THE HOME, DISCOVERING TECHNOLOGY
I have been called crafty, but I’ve never been what you’d call “craftsy.” It’s time to shoot for both. So we’re making a festive (!) holiday decoration while repurposing some old compact discs.
And this little project satisfies tasks for two badges. For the “Discovering Technology” badge, scouts are asked to pick a product, look at options for recycling that product, and encourage friends and family to reuse or recycle that product appropriately. And the “Art in the Home” badge asks scouts to create a wreath, centerpiece or other holiday decoration for the home.
With that mash-up in mind, here’s your video “how to” guide for making a Christmas tree door decoration using old compact discs. After all, what says “festive holiday decoration” more than that rainbow luminescence of the business side of a compact disc?
So grab some eggnog, watch the project, and then, by all means, read below about other ways to recycle and reuse those compact discs.
Whether ‘Tis Nobler to Recycle or Reuse: That is the Question
Recycle Those Old CDs
According to the CD Recycling Center of America, millions of used CDs and jewel boxes are discarded annually, finding their way to landfills or incinerators, off-gassing BPA or releasing toxins when burned.
Let me encourage all of you to bookmark their website, because they’ll accept your old CDs for recycling. The service is free, but they definitely request donations, large or small, to keep going. Directions for sending your old discs (including DVDs and Blu-Ray discs) are on their FAQ. According to their website, here’s what’ll happen to your old discs next:
“Some discs [we] leave whole, some… we grind and shred… down to small pieces to fit more into a storage bin/bag. This is now considered a scrap plastic that gets melted at the reclaiming center. When melted, the discs are demetalized separating the plastic and metal component in the disc. Once the discs are demetalized, they are formed into a lower grade of raw plastic. Discs and cases yield a different grades of plastic. This plastic is not good enough quality for the food or medical industry product use, however it is fine for the automotive and building materials industries.”
Yay for the CD Recycling Center of America (and also for Back to the Future Recycling, which is another recycling resource)! Just remember: if you’re sending discs on which you’ve stored your own files, be sure to erase any personal or sensitive material before you send them, just for your own safety’s sake.
Bonus idea: Ask what your workplace does with old discs. Do they have any sort of recycling program going? If not, maybe you can encourage them to start one.
Reuse or Repurpose Those Old CDs
Honestly, what did we ever do without Google? I just typed in “reuse old CDs” and got over a million hits. I had no idea so many clever people were devoting their time to this question. If you’re feeling crafty/craftsy and have dozens–or hundreds–of old CDs scattered about the house, here are a few sites packed with ideas for repurposing those puppies:
Ho, ho, ho, y’all.