Recycling CDs

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recycling cds - gorgeous clocks made from recycled cds

This is the second of our company spotlights.
Over the next month we’ll be highlighting all the great companies who have generously donated prizes for our zero waste week; the first week in September. All prizes are either recycled, fully recyclable at the end of their life or will help you recycle more and reduce your waste.

Recycling Cds is the brain child of Andrew Lalchan, Director of web design company, Chaplin Multimedia Ltd.

The story of Recycling CDs began some four years ago when Andrew noticed that the piles of CDs and DVDs sent from clients and collected from magazine promos over the years had joined forces with all the other CDs and DVDs a web designer uses on a regular basis.

Together they had grown into several no-longer-ignorable piles of shiny metal material destined for what they thought was Disk Heaven but was actually a steaming heap of rotting rubbish known as The Landfill.

Having a fondness for the sparkly data holding disks, Andrew didn’t want to throw them in the bin and add to the already burgeoning UK waste problem. So he set his mind to thinking up another use for them, other than attaching them to his walls as unique home décor. Several days later, Recycling CDs was born.

Recycling CDs offers consumers a chance to close the recycling loop by donating their unwanted CDs and DVDs for re-use and then purchasing an item made from the very same recycled product.

The disks are transformed by the magic of creativity, print, patience and skill into beautiful unique designer CD Clocks – the perfect environmentally friendly gift!

Artists from across the UK and internationally create stunning, intriguing images which not only sit beautifully on any wall but have the functional aspect of helping to keep track of time!

Their vast array of designs includes hand painted abstract creations, limited edition prints and images varying from cute frogs to astronauts, Pharrell Williams to Amy Winehouse, butterflies and faeries to football designs as well as heaps of land, city, sky and even space-scapes.

Just about every taste is catered for. However, if a customer has a photo of loved ones, favourite place or holiday snap they wish to use, Recycling CDs is happy to produce clocks with personalised images.

Their aim is to help make recycling second nature to everyone so that UK landfill expansion becomes a thing of the past. So far, the company has recycled over 450,000 disks and are receiving more every day. That’s a fair bit of landfill space saved and they hope to save even more.

Recycling CDs also encourages discussion around the full recycling mantra – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. In their forum and blog, readers can find useful resources such as where to buy recycled fashion, tips on producing less waste, local recycling collections, swap-shops, eco exhibitions and the latest recycling news.

They also have a MySpace page and facebook group.

Recycling CDs are donating one lucky winner their most popular design of clock, during our Pledge and WIN competition, which is the ‘stunning frog‘. It’s guaranteed to be a talking point in your home.

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  1. Hi Mrs Green,

    Just like with the recent polythene issue, reusing CD/DVDs is another way to reduce landfill. I have a bundle of them somewhere and this looks like a useful way to offload. The more people join-in with these types of activity the larger the variety of uses will be found.


  2. Mrs Green says:

    Hi John,
    I was really excited to find this company; I love their creative ideas and like you, will be using them to send some of my cds in the future. I’m pleased to say that AOL cds seem to be a thing of the past; I’ve lost count the number of those I used to receive in the post!

  3. says:

    Hi John

    Thanks for your comments!

    Do please send us your unwanted CDs and/or DVDs. Fill in the form on our website (, package them up and send them in – its that easy to help reduce the huge amount that gets landfilled!

    ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’!

  4. Mr Green says:

    This is the first time I’ve seen a really creative way to reduce CDs, other than the usual ‘scare bird swingers’ and coasters. There must be millions (billions) of CDs that have no useful life left just left lying around peoples lives, waiting for a resting place. Sad thing is one day they will probably end up in the landfill. Now that is a great shame considering what RecyclingCDs can do to regenerate the life of an old CD!

    We are really happy to support what you are doing and hope that our readers forward you plenty of material for your clocks.

  5. Hi Mr Green,

    It is good to hear from I will certainly forward my unused cd/dvds. Could this be a pledge for September? What do other readers think?

  6. Mrs Green says:

    John, we’ve listed over 30 pledges and I’m sure we could come up with 100 more! So we felt the best option was to stop and offer ‘other’ at the end where entrants can pledge their own ideas.

    Maybe people will start to collect milk bottle tops too, following from the GHS post yesterday.

    Your idea is a sound one; I like it as a pledge!

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