Please allow 3-5 weeks of processing time to receive recycling points.
Playback is currently only available in the U.S.
Playback is currently only available in the U.S., but we hope to expand internationally soon. Please keep checking for updates.
View the map of participating locations here.
Yes, you can! However, if you are a dealer, luthier, retail location, or school, do NOT use the shipping label listed on the Playback page. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we are happy to set you up as a recycling center.
NOTE: If you identify as any of the above and send us your recycled strings, points will not be awarded.
In efforts to reduce the carbon footprint it takes to ship strings, all shipments must weigh a minimum of 2 lbs. No exceptions will be made for shipments under 2 lbs.
Every .25 lb of strings recycled will earn you 100 Players Circle points, or $1 donated towards The D'Addario Foundation.
About 40 sets of acoustic or 6-string electric strings equal 2 lbs. For electric bass, approximately 10 sets equal 2 lbs.
We accept any type of alloy string (nylon, steel, nickel, bronze, monel), for guitar or orchestral instruments. We accept all brands of strings in our recycling program.
Shipments must be sent through Players Circle using the label listed on the Players Circle page. Incorrectly labeled shipping addresses will not receive reimbursement.
All recycling shipments through Players Circle must be accrued through personal use. Retailers have a separate program, which you can read about more here.
After collection, the strings are bundled into cubes and smelted. They are then cast into metal molds, which can be remelted to create new products.