Before the days of streaming, CDs and DVDs were the main medium for music and films. But just as the DVD replaced the VHS and rendered it obsolete, DVDs have been replaced by streaming services. It’s easier for the consumer, but it does cause a big problem. What are we going to do with all of those plastic CDs and DVDs?
The Scale Of The ProblemIf you look around your house right now, chances are you would have a lot of CDs and DVDs that you never use anymore. Estimates suggest that over 5.5 million CDs are thrown away every year and over 50 tons of DVDs become obsolete every month as the films on them are replaced by streaming services. That creates a huge waste problem because that’s a lot of plastic. They cannot be thrown into a standard recycling bin at home, which means that most of it goes straight into landfill, unless you find CD recycling solutions.
What Are CDs And DVDs Made From?CDs and DVDs are made using a lot of plastics in multiple layers. The makeup of a typical disc is as follows:
- A base made from polycarbonate plastic (made from crude oil or natural gas).
- A thin coating of aluminium.
- A clear protective coating of acrylic.
- Cases made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC)