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Gadgets that can be Recycled

CD/DVD Recycling Facts


  • A cd/dvd is considered a class 7 recyclable plastic
  • To manufacture a pound of plastic (30 CDs per pound), it requires 300 cubic feet of natural gas, 2 cups of crude oil and 24 gallons of water
  • It is estimated that AOL alone has distributed more than 2 billion CDs. That is the natural gas equivalent of heating 200,000 homes for 1 year
  • It is estimated that it will take over 1 million years for a CD to completely decompose in a landfill

Hard Drive
Recycling Facts


  • Each hard drive contains over one pound of recyclable aluminum
  • Recycling one hard drive saves enough energy to:
    • light a 100 watt bulb for 134 hours, or
    • run your television for 102 hours or
    • the energy equivalent of 1.5 gallons of gasoline
  • Recycling aluminum is 95% more energy efficient than producing aluminum from ore
  • Recycling aluminum results in 95% less air pollution and 97% less water pollution than producing aluminum from ore

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