You tried to sell your collection of “Ernest Goes To…” DVDs to a pawn shop or used media place. To your dismay, they wouldn’t give you one thin dime for all those magical hours of cinematic amusement.
There is now a more green alternative to throwing your discs in the trash. Hennepin County announced this week that it will recycle all sorts of media, digital and analog: computer disks, DVDs, CDs, Blu-ray discs, video cassettes, audio cassettes, game cartridges, Secure Digital (SD) memory cards, flash drives, plastic cases and jewel cases, ink jet and laser toner cartridges and vinyl records.
“It is unknown how much media is currently disposed of in the trash, but staff anticipates the new recycling service will be very popular among residents. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that every month approximately 100,000 pounds of CDs become obsolete in the United States and more than 5.5 million boxes of software are discarded each year.”
To find out where to drop your boxes of CDs, DVDs and tapes that not even the most die-hard, garage-sale-kitsch-seeker would pay for, check out the county’s website.