How to Recycle Floppy Disks

An Overview on Recycling Floppy Disks

Sure, you may no longer make regular use of floppy disks, but most of us have a stack of them sitting in the drawer or at the back of the home office closet. Like most other e-waste, floppy disks are made with materials that can and should be recovered, so recycling them is a great move if you’re looking to clean out your home of electronic waste. 

To recycle your floppy disks so that they can go on to live another day as something new, follow these simple steps:

  • Do a data wipe:To protect your privacy, be sure to remove all data from the disks. You can often just do a “full” or “unconditional” disk format:
    • Microsoft Windows: Right-click on the drive icon and select format. Select "full" format.
    • Macintosh: Use initialize from the finder.  
  • Reuse with caution:Although you’ll find an abundance of strange and wonderful reuse options for floppy disks online, this isn’t the most efficient use of these resources. And more often than not, the pen holders and bags we create with this e-waste is rarely used, eventually ending up in the trash in the end anyway. Recycling is therefore the greener method of handling this type of e-waste.

Recycling floppy disks: Though not as simple to find as a computer recycler, companies that accept floppy disks for recycling do exist. Our recycling database has a whole list of companies that will serve this purpose.


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