Recycling DVDs, CDs & Games For Cash

Recycling

Receive Cash for DVDs, CDs and Games

Make extra space and some extra cash by decluttering your lounge or bedroom and selling your old CDs, DVDs and computer games for cash.

As much as you might think there’s no demand for your copy of Michael Bolton’s greatest hits, prepare to be surprised. Here at Cash for Clothes, we give you money for your old rope. In this case, your old rope is Michael Bolton’s musical highlights. Instead of throwing the old boy out (we all know he deserves a little bit more respect) simply box or bag him up with your other unwanted CDs, DVDs and computer games and bring them along to Cash for Clothes in Barry. We pay you cash for your old items and the whole process takes no longer than a couple of minutes. Before you know it, you have enough money to pay for a night out on the tiles or a day out with the kids.

Every item we receive is either sold-on or ethically recycled, with nothing sent to landfill. The process itself couldn’t be easier. So put your unwanted items in a bag or box and bring them along to:

The Old Warehouse

91 Station Street

Barry

CF63 4LX

Alternatively, if you have ten or more bags of your CDs, DVDs or computer games, just give our team a quick call on 01446 735789 and we will arrange a convenient time to come and take the items off your hands.

*We only accept DVDs, CDs and computer games which include the original artwork, protective case and are free from heavy scratches. We do not accept fakes. 

How do you recycle CDs, DVDs and computer games?

That’s a very good question. Until fairly recently it was not possible to recycle CDs, DVDs and games, but thankfully, due to the constant improvements in recycling technology, these objects are no longer destined for landfill sites. Better still, you can now sell DVDs for cash!

Compact Discs (CDs), Digital Video Discs (DVDs) and computer games are all made from similar materials, so the recycling process is very much the same. The three main components in these items are: metals, plastic and ink. The discs themselves are made largely from polycarbonate along with a small amount of lacquer which forms a protective coating. Aluminium is the most common form of metal found in the discs, but there can also be traces of nickel, silver and gold. There are also dyes present which are used to print graphics onto the disc itself. However, during the recycling process only metal and plastic and can be reclaimed.

Recycling CD cover notes and jewel cases

Over the years there has been an increasing reliance on paper in the production of CDs, DVDs and computer games. As you would expect, the covers and booklets which are so often included in this type of product are made from paper and can be easily recycled.  

While an increasing number of CD and DVD cases are now made from paper or other biodegradable materials, the vast majority are still the traditional ‘jewel cases’ which have been used since the compact disc was first released in 1982. Unfortunately, of all the components used in the manufacture of CDs and DVDs, these are the most difficult items to recycle.

How the CD and DVD recycling process works

We are proud of our commitment to the environment and our status as one of few operators who pay cash for DVDs, CDs and computer games while ensuring no items are sent to landfill. Here’s how the recycling process works…

Firstly, all the various components used in the manufacture of CDs and DVDs are separated and sorted at the collection centre, leaving separate piles of discs, paper and cases. The paper is the easiest material to process as it simply sent to the paper mill where it can be fully recycled. All the cases are sifted through and any in good condition are inspected, packed and sold to raise money to fund our service. Damaged cases are sorted into bins along with the discs, before being taken to a plastic reclaiming centre in a container.

Some of the discs leave for the reclaiming centre as regrind, while others are still whole. Regrinding is the process of shredding and grinding which breaks the discs down into small pieces, which means more of the discs can be stored in the bins/bags. This scrap plastic is then melted down and any metal present can be separated by a process called de-metallisation. Once all the metal has been removed, the discs then form a low-grade raw plastic which can be used in a variety of ways.    

Each variety of disc and case will yield a different grade of plastic. Recycled plastic from CDs and DVDs is not of sufficient quality to use in the food or medical industry, but it is perfect for the automotive and construction industries.    

Some fascinating CD/DVD recycling facts

  • It takes 300 cubic feet of natural gas, 24 gallons of water and 2 cups of crude oil to make just 30 CDs.
  • It is estimated to take over a million years for a CD or DVD to decompose. There’s a reason to recycle your DVDs for cash if ever there was one!
  • It is estimated that AOL (America Online) the American media giant has distributed more than 2 billion CDs since its inauguration, using enough natural gas to heat 200,000 homes for a year.
  • A CD or DVD is considered to be a class 7 recyclable plastic, making it one of the most difficult plastics to recycle.

Get in touch!

If you want to sell DVDs, CDS and computer games for cash, safe in the knowledge that they will be ethically recycled and nothing will be sent to landfill, please bring your items along to Cash for Clothes in Barry or call01446 735789 for more information.