What's That Disc Made Of?

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The discs are made of plastics and metals. The largest ingredient is polycarbonate plastic derived from oil. Can be processed from oil drilling or mined from oil sand or oil shale. The most important part of the disc is the thin metal layer that reflects laser beams used to read the information on the disc. Most discs are thrown into landfills because people are not aware that they can be recycled.

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  • critical issues, database publication, mineral resources