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Viridor jingles into CD recycling

Residents of West Sussex will never have to keep their free CDs and DVDs from newspapers again because Viridor Waste Management has announced that it has set up a scheme to recycle the items at its Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS).

Viridor has signed an agreement with Polymer Recycling, a company that recycles CDs, to treat and process CDs and DVDs collected from the HWRS network in West Sussex.

From March 2008 West Sussex residents have been able to post their unwanted CDs and DVDs into a locked 240 litre wheeled bins at each of the countys 11 HWRCs.

We have been overwhelmed at how popular this seems to be, said a Viridor spokeswoman.
On one of our sites the bins were really full of CDs and DVDs within their case. Usually you get the freebies within weekend papers and people throw out old CDs and DVDs that they do not want.

The bins are fitted with a slot that only allows CDs/DVDs to be put into the bin rather than video tapes. Therefore, we exclude potential contamination from tapes.

Once delivered to Polymer Recycling the discs are sorted, cases and inserts removed and then processed into polycarbonate granules or pellets for use in other applications such as alarm panels, insulation materials and car headlights.

Viridor national recycling manager Bill Griffiths said: Compact discs have been one of those unusual items that are rarely collected for recycling on such a large scale. However, working with Polymer Recycling weve been able to secure a genuine market and implement a collection system across the HWRS network in West Sussex, which will help capture more household waste for recycling.

Image: Viridor CD and DVD recycling bin

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