How to Recycle Floppy Disks, Zip Disks, Videotapes and More

Do you have a pile of old zip disks, floppy disks or videotapes that you want to get rid of? If your pile isn’t too large then you could hand it to me at our next appointment and I’ll send it on to GreenDisk. If your pile is larger or you aren’t one of my clients, you can mail it to GreenDisk. GreenDisk is located in Sammamish, Washington, but they don’t have any drop-off centers. For $9.95 you can ship up to 25 pounds to Greendisk.

GreenDisk actually accepts a wide range of technotrash via their mail-in service. Their web site includes an up-to-date list of everything accepted by GreenDisk. Currently they accept the following:

  • Media: CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs, Blu-ray, 3.5” and 5.25” floppy disks, zip and jazz disks, and cases
  • Tapes: VHS, audio cassette tapes, DAT, DLT, Beta, and Digibeta
  • Computer drives: Hard drives, zip, jazz, floppy, CD-ROM, DVD, jump drives
  • Communication devices: Cell phones, pagers, PDAs and their chargers, cradles, and headset accessories
  • Batteries: Rechargeable batteries and chargers only – no alkaline batteries. See instructions on packing batteries for shipment.
  • Small electronics: MP3 players, iPods, hand-held CD and cassette players, and digital cameras
  • Ink: Inkjet and toner cartridges (All cartridges must be in a sealed bag to prevent spilling.)
  • Film:
    – Photographic film negatives, instant film, sheet film, Advanced Photo System, slides, Disc film, 110, 126, 127, 120/220
    – Black and white or undeveloped only: Motion picture film, film reels, Super 8, 8mm, 9.5mm, 16mm, 35mm, 70mm
    – Medical x-ray, industrial x-ray, lithographic, micro film, microfiche
  • Miscellaneous items: UPS units, AC chargers, keyboards, mice, modems, routers, headphones, cords, adaptors, cables, boards, and chips

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