tracymom, as far as I know, CDs are not recyclable. Most of mine that are going are music, and in good shape, so we've been giving them away to friends. Since I ditched the jewel cases long ago, whatever doesn't get reused will, sadly, end up in the landfill.
I can't donate them without cases.
Part of the reason that I have resisted going CD free up until now is because all hard drives crash. It's just a matter of time. And I have not relished the thought of moving all my media and other crap from one hard drive to another every time we get a new computer.
So now, what I'm trying to do is have everything stored server side (aka "cloud computing"). Which is to say, on someone else's hard drive... that is beefier and maintained by a crew of well paid IT people. And that's why I prefer Lala to iTunes, because now my music is in the cloud and accesible through any web browser. (Yes, I have heard about the great Sidekick debacle. I'm willing to take my chances. I think that my hard drive is a lot more likely to fail than a commerical server's hard drive.)
I'd also like to have all our photos scanned and uploaded into a Picasa web album, and all of our essential paperwork scanned and stored on Google Docs.
But the problem that I'm running into is stuff like, how do I reinstall Windows without the disc? I mean, there are all sorts of computers that don't have drives- thin clients and netbooks, Mac Minis and Dell Zinos- but I don't know how to reinstall the OS without a disc.
Of the 150 CDs that we still have, about 50 are music that didn't upload into Lala. Hopefully that will come with time. We have around 80 DVDs, and as more and more stuff comes to streaming Netflix, I'll let those go. A few discs of photos, which, as I said, I'd like to get into Picasa (just a matter of doing it
), but I dunno what to do about software...