Musical Cards Contain Mercury
Due to the mercury contained within the musical device, musical greeting cards must be disposed of as household hazardous waste if they are kept whole.
Remove the Musical Device
Remove the musical device in order to recycle the card. The device should be recycled as e-waste, and the paper portion of the card can be recycled with your other paper products.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
St. Jude’s Recycled Card Program
You can send certain brands of used greeting cards to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, which operates a recycling program in which the greeting cards are made “new” again. Find out how to participate.
Ways to Reduce
Opt For a Simpler Card
Because of the hazardous materials they contain, musical greeting cards can be harmful to the environment, especially if they’re disposed of improperly. It’s better to opt for a non-musical, more easily recycled greeting card instead.
Switch to E-Cards
Sending your cards electronically is not only more economical and timely, but much more environmentally friendly.
Ways to Reuse
Hack a Greeting Card
With just a few simple tools, you can repurpose the sound system inside a musical greeting card into your own recordable communication device. Find out how.