A partnership between the instrument string-maker D’Addario and the recycling company TerraCycle has led to the founding of the “Playback” program, the world’s first-ever industry-wide instrument string recycling program. Musical instrument strings aren’t recycled through municipal recycling programs, since they’re made of different metals and alloys. D’Addario estimates that more than 1.5 million pounds of instrument string metal could be put into landfills every year. The Playback program will be accepting not just strings made by D’Addario, but from all other brands.
Once the strings are collected, the metal and nylon strings will be separated, with the metal being melted down and smelted into new metal alloys. The nylon will then be recycled into industrial plastic applications. Through this Playback program, members earn “points” in exchange for recycling used strings. These points can be redeemed for new sets of strings, picks, gear and other instrument accessories, or donated to the nonprofit D’Addario Foundation, which helps fund music programs in underprivileged communities. In celebration of this collaboration, there will be events across the US in celebration of International Guitar Month and Earth Day (April 22nd). Musicians will be invited to bring old strings to participating dealers to recycle and have their strings changed. These events will occur throughout April and be free of charge.
Through this project, D’Addario has revealed their commitment to reusing, recycling and conserving energy. From LED bulbs and efficient HVAC systems in their offices and factory spaces to soy-based inks for all in-house printing, this is a company that’s been proactive in reducing their footprint. If you’d like to find out more, you can click here!