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# 175620 6-Jul-2015 12:30
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Hi There!

I am looking for a cheap and preferably ecologically friendly way to dispose of the following: 

 

Boxes of Floppy Disks
CD's
Backup Tapes (SLR, LTO, DAT).

Any recommendations?


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  # 1337800 6-Jul-2015 12:48
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Just throw them into the bins for secure paper shredding and console yourself that at least the paper is recycled.

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  # 1337818 6-Jul-2015 13:09
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You could contact the Sustainability Trust, who do a lot of e-waste disposal (0508 78 78 24 or http://sustaintrust.org.nz/ecycle/). They are Wellington based but they may know about other places in New Zealand.




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  # 1337828 6-Jul-2015 13:16
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44 gallon drum
petrol
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  # 1337844 6-Jul-2015 13:25
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Bung: Just throw them into the bins for secure paper shredding and console yourself that at least the paper is recycled.


If I had one I would :) 


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  # 1337877 6-Jul-2015 14:07
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Chances are they will end up at the tip anyway , so...

cut them up, smash them up, Throw in the bin.

Recycling isnt as clean & green as many think . It can be a dirty dirty business .

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  # 1337879 6-Jul-2015 14:14
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networkn: Hi There!

I am looking for a cheap and preferably ecologically friendly way to dispose of the following: 

Boxes of Floppy Disks
CD's
Backup Tapes (SLR, LTO, DAT).

Any recommendations?



Floppys, remove the metal bit and shred
CD's Microwave on high for 5 seconds
tapes.... drop in a bath of petrol or similar. Don't light it. (I would though) 





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  # 1483930 2-Feb-2016 21:30
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Reviving this thread. A lot of these ideas aren't really ecologically friendly. Is there no cost effective way to do this via secure recycling? I have about 280 of them!


 
 
 
 


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  # 1483945 2-Feb-2016 21:52
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My parents have been using this company to securely destroy their business paper files for the last 15 years. Apparently they can organise "secure destruction of storage media".

 

Website states: "Document Destruction is a 100% Kiwi owned paper shredding company -  We care about our environment. We have a zero waste target on all recyclable materials”


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  # 1484314 3-Feb-2016 13:21
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For optical disks, just buy a bucket and a bottle of bleach.

 

Put the disks in the bucket and pour in enough bleach to cover the disks.

 

Leave for a week and then remove the disks.

 

Most CD-R and CD-RW disks will be bleached out. Some high quality CDs will look like new. They have been protected by a layer of lacquer that is resistant to the bleach. Just get a flat bladed screwdriver and make a scratch across the surface of the disk. You only need one scratch. Then return the disk to the bleach bucket for another week.

 

Some cheap DVDs will have delaminated and the bleach will have wiped the dye layer out to transparency. Most will not but the bleach will have softened the bonding between the layers. Just peel the layers of the disk apart and then drop them back in the bleach for another day.

 

After all that, you are just left with a bucket of bleach and some transparent plastic disks. The bleach can go down the drain and the disks may be recyclable with your other plastic waste. (That will depend on your local recycling scheme.)

 

A microwave might be faster for a small number of disks but if you have hundreds you can chuck them all in the bucket at once. If you do use a microwave, you should probably not use it for food afterwards.


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