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What is the chemical composition of a disc? How much carbon, if any, is locked up inside of one? What does it decompose into and over what length of time? What do the products of decomposition do to the environment? Can old discs be recycled? What are the best ways of re-using old discs?

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As oil becomes more and more scarce the value of recycled plastics will increase. All plastics can be recycled, but it's a matter of whether or not it is cost effective to do so. I'm pretty sure the chemical compositions are widely varied based on type and brand of disc. The interesting thing about disc golf is that we are considered to be some of the most environmentally conscious athletes and yet we tend to leave behind the most sports-related material over time.
Discgolfological Society - did you think to enter that in the group DISCTIONARY ? I didn't find it in Webster's. what a great word
Maybe contact a Golf Disc company, INNOVA for example, and see if there is a possibility to recycle old discs.

another option...
I haven't read into it yet, but a quick Google search turned a few sites up, INCLUDING this ONE:
they apparently BUY SCRAP PLASTICS, POLYMERS, ETC. or help find someone who will.
Clubs across the country could all collect and stock pile their old discs, then sell them to help club funds... this could be a great, great thing.. I'll update as I get more info
I wonder if they could be ground and used around playgrounds like they do with old tires, i think all the different colors would look great. Or could they some how be recycled into rubber tee pads for future disc golf courses?
I appreciate these perspectives and share the interests in our environment. And, I too have many questions about the science behind disc golf, including the chemical and physical characteristics of disc makeup and flight.

However, we should also take into consideration simply trying to pass our old discs along to those who haven't yet played. Reuse before recycle. Not only will it help grow the sport, but should also put a smile on people's faces.

We can and should still recycle broken discs, so I'm still interested in learning about all our recycling options for all materials.


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