If you're running a bit behind schedule on the whole spring cleaning thing, you can still get rid of the stacks of CDs you've been meaning to chuck, and now for a good cause: CD Sweep, an initiative benefitting the Autism Science Foundation, is looking to whisk away your old CDs because they need them more than you do.
Founded last year, CD Sweep takes used CD and DVD donations to iPodmeister, a CD reseller that ships used discs to overseas countries, where they have higher resale value. Each disc donated earns 50 cents that is then donated to ASF, which provides funding directly to scientists conducting research into the causes and treatment of autism.Donating itself is probably just as easy (if not easier) than what you were planning on doing with your discs (depending on how much you hate CDs, that is):
- Go to the CD Sweep website to fill out and submit a quick donation form.
- Even if, for some reason, you're not able to rip your own CDs to your computer on your own, there's an option on the donation form to have CD Sweep digitize the CDs for you and return them to you as MP3s.
- You'll be e-mailed a prepaid FedEx label, which you can simply slap on a box and drop off at a FedEx location.
For free! So start sending them in, because, unlike the trip to the dumpster you might've been planning, donations to CD Sweep are totally tax-deductible — ASF is a 501 (c)(3) public charity — and because Melissa Auf der Maur wants you to do it.