Recycling CDs and DVDs

Because technology is always changing, it seems we are perpetually buying the lastest and greatest electronic gadgets. When was the last time you went jogging with your portable cassette or CD player? Chances are, your music collection is currently compiled on an mp3 player or bluetooth device. In the music industry alone, we’ve listened on record players, eight track devices, cassettes, CD’s and now little rectangles hold music collections that once filled entire rooms.

Learn what you can do.

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 Papillion Sanitation’s single-stream recycling bins.

What Can You Do?

Recycle your CD’s and DVD’s at these Omaha Best Buy locations:

Best Buy
7520 Dodge St
Omaha. NE 68114
(402) 399-9601

Best Buy
Village Pointe
333 N 170Th St
Omaha. NE 68118
(402) 289-5389

Best Buy Mobile
Wet Seal
10000 California St #2688
Omaha. NE 68114
(402) 343-9441


  • 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
  • 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.

CDs don’t break down easily. Over time, CDs can release Bisphenol A (BPA), which can cause health problems in humans. You may see water bottles, or food containers claiming to be “BPA free.” Burning CDs is also not appropriate as it releases toxic fumes into the air we breathe, and they require a special recycling process that isn’t accepted in single-stream recycling bins.

Consider This:

  • 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
  • Because CDs are not biodegradable, it is estimated that it will take over 1 million years for a CD to completely decompose in a landfill.
  • More than 5.5 million boxes of software go to landfills and incinerators, in addition to the millions of CDs people throw away each year.
  • Every month approximately 100,000 pounds of CDs become obsolete (outdated, useless, or unwanted).

Even though CDs and DVDs can’t be placed in your single-stream recycling bin, Papillion Sanitation offers residential service that include bi-weekly, curbside recycling along with weekly trash collection.

If you have any questions about residential service, or would like to request service, please “>contact us or call us at (402) 346-7800.