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Where Can I Recycle CDs & DVDs

Waste Connections Knoxville customers are encouraged to dispose of CD's and DVD's properly.  They are not accepted in single-stream recycling, however, this article explains where you can recycle them.

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What are CDs and DVDs made of?

CD/ DVD recycling is so easy because of the materials they’re made of. Even though CDs are made of high value recyclable materials like polycarbonate plastic and aluminum, they’re not accepted in Waste Connection Tennessee’s single-stream recycling bins.

What Can You Do?

Recycle at CD Recycling Center:

CDs/DVDs can be recycled into a high-quality plastic for a variety of uses. Check out CDRecyclingCenter.org for information on how to send your CDs/DVDs for recycling.


 A great way to keep your CD’s and DVD’s out of the landfill is to reuse and repurpose them.

  • 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. Also, some commercial refinishers can inexpensively repair your CDs.
  • Donate unwanted CDs or DVDs to your local resale shop, schools or libraries.
  • Check Pinterest for tips and creative ideas on how to repurpose your used CD’s and DVD’s


Convert your music to a digital streaming service like Pandora, Spotify, Google Music, Amazon Music, or Apple Radio are all great ways to listen to your favorite music.

  • Services like Hulu and Netflix allow you to stream all your favorite TV Shows and Movies. Doing this will not only reduce e-waste, it will also clear up some room in your home
  • Consider borrowing CD’s or DVD’s from a friend or your local library.
  • Buy used CDs/DVDs.
  • By switching from physical to digital, you reduce the amount of e-waste you produce. More and more products are produced digitally, which cuts back on packaging waste as well as production waste.
  • If you’re buying it for data storage, use an external hard drive or a service that keeps your files updated.
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