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How to Recycle 5.25” Floppy Disks

How to Recycle 5.25” Floppy Disks

How to Recycle 5.25” Floppy Disks

When you think of the early days of personal tech, what comes to mind?

Does the sound of dialup ring in your ears? Maybe you recall your first rudimentary cellphone, or perhaps you’re reminded of the once-dominant floppy disk.

Today, floppy disks are basically useless. Someone somewhere still uses them, sure, but if you’re like most 21st century tech natives, you haven’t touched one for the better part of a decade, or more. So what are you supposed to do with all of those floppy disks lying around from days of old?

Going Green

Everyone knows that you can’t (or shouldn’t, anyway) throw an old cellphone in the trash. Do you also know that you shouldn’t throw away things like old CDs or floppy disks? Not only will the materials not break down, any personal information stored on them could be harvested by the wrong hands.

The better solution is to recycle them, in one way or another, and you have a number of different options to achieve this. 

What Goes Around Comes Around

You might not want to use your old floppy disks anymore, and that’s okay, but it doesn’t mean you can’t find new functions for them. Of course, you have the option of mailing your disks to a recycling service, and some of them will even pay you for your old disks. If you’re not that committed to this pursuit, you can also repurpose them into art projects if you have the time and creativity. 

As far as the cases go, you can remove the disk itself with an Xacto knife then use the shells to store DVDs or CDs compactly and neatly. 

You might be convinced that vestiges of tech’s early days like floppy disks have no place in the modern world, but there’s always a solution available if you’re willing to look hard enough.