CDs are for more than just storing music and pictures. Some have sensitive files on them. Read more to learn 5 tips on what to do with old CDs.
Are you stuck with a mountain of outdated and dusty CDs and you're just not sure what to do with them? Do some of them carry sensitive information in their mirrored data surfaces?
Trying to figure out what to do with old CDs can be tricky. You want to make sure they are disposed of properly. And you also want to make sure the info they're carrying can't be recovered.
So how do you go about getting rid of your discs? Well, we've come up with a few options. Keep reading for some more information!
1. Scratch Old CDs
One of the easiest ways to dispose of useless and outdated CDs is to scratch the data surface.
This can be done with a knife, a screwdriver or by even rubbing the silver side of discs across a rough surface like cement. Make sure you damage the center of the disc while doing this.
Do you have a lot of discs that you need to dispose of? Using an industrial shredder may be the most effective way to get rid of discs loaded with personal data. Shredders can be used for many types of data disposal.
Make sure you choose one that can handle CDs and DVDs.
3. Break Them
Sometimes getting rid of unwanted CDs is as simple as snapping them in half.
This should only be done if the information stored in them is unimportant. If discs contain personal info or sensitive data, please attempt a more damaging type of disposal. Broken discs can still be repaired and their data retrieved.
If you or someone in your household is crafty, sometimes you can turn old CDs into works of art.
Many people use CDs as centerpieces. Garden owners sometimes hang them around their garden to scare away animals who may eat their plants. Others use them as decorations in their teens' rooms.
Sometimes a little creativity is all it takes to get your old CDs out of your way. Just keep in mind what they store and if sensitive information can still be retrieved after the double sided sticky tape is taken off.
5. Trash Them
CDs that are full of outdated information (think AOL, old Microsoft Office platforms or defunct) sometimes it's just easiest to throw them in the trash. You can also send them to a recycling unit.
CDs are constructed out of polycarbonate, which is definitely recyclable. If you want to add some security to your disposal, simply scratch or damage the disc surface before tossing it in the trash.
We Know Just What to do With Old CDs
Knowing what to do with old CDs doesn't have to be an overwhelming process. If you or your business have vast quantities of old discs that must be disposed of, consider investing in an industrial shredder.
These devices can often double up as document shredders, so you get twice as much bang for your buck.
Eliminating sensitive data will keep you and your business safe. Contact us the next time you wish to invest in a shredder.