How can I reuse or recycle … USB memory sticks?

usb_memory_stick.jpgWe’ve had an email from Peter Hughes asking simply:

How can I recycle memory sticks?

I’m presuming he means USB memory fobs and not the bits of strips of memory used inside computers – but when broken, the latter make fun keyrings for geeks.

I had an idea of incorporating a small USB stick into a necklace – as a pendant – or other jewellery but I intended these to be functional rather than just decorative.

So any suggestions on ways to recycle or reuse them if they’re broken?

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11 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle … USB memory sticks?”

  1. FactoBrunt says:

    How about writing on the side of them and using them as plant labels? :)

  2. Khaki says:

    if they can be crushed down to 1/2″ to 1″ pieces they make okay ground cover for flower gardens and/or around bases of trees. it will keep weeds down, moisture in, and will break down into simple calcium over time.

  3. Khaki says:

    i’m not sure what i would do if i had a whole boatload of them but they might look cool as decorations if colored properly

  4. Khaki says:

    sorry about my first answer, it was intended for another ??

  5. rey says:

    how about handing them out as gifts with maybe a little massage or a quote to kids who can’t afford them. they will gladly appreciated

  6. renee says:

    pull apart for the funky little circuit board inside and make a pendant or earrings. the plastic bits can fit back together..add some wheels and you have a futuristic toy!

  7. Julia says:

    Here :)

    Watch this video and Hopefully it helps :D
    Its all about Free Geek, and how they will recycle your old tech waste :D

  8. shoeb says:

    now i am using my transcend 1GB drive as keychain of bag.i am electronics student that they know by these keychain

  9. HuntingWabbits says:

    If they’re still working ok, they’re dead useful. Many a time I have been saved when my printers not working by just bringing in my report on a flash drive. =)

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