VHS tapes can have up to 1,410 feet of tape inside, according to TechSpot. It’s part of the reason why they’re difficult to dispose of. If you grew up in the ’80s or ’90s, you probably have piles of VHS tapes stored in your attic, basement, or garage.
It is possible to recycle your VHS tapes, but one thing you definitely shouldn’t do is throw them away. If they end up in landfills, the toxic metals can get into the ground and contaminate it.
But having said that, you can’t just toss them in your recycling bin. Here are a few tips to properly dispose of your VHS tapes.
Recycling VHS tapes
1. Residential waste and recycling center
Some residential waste and recycling centers do accept e-waste, which is what VHS tapes are. Contact your local recycling center and see if they can accept them or if they know of an organization that will accept them.
Greendisk is an organization that accepts all types of old electronics for recycling. Among the ones they accept include:
- VHS tapes
- Cassette tapes
- Floppy Disks
There are many other items they also are willing to take. Visit their website to find out more.
Where to give away VHS tapes
If you’re unable to drop off or mail your VHS tapes, there are a variety of places you can give them away. That’s still much better than throwing them away. Here are a few options to consider:
1. Donate to Goodwill
On Goodwill’s acceptable donations list, they do list VHS tapes as an item you can donate to them. Look for a local Goodwill in your area that you can drop off your VHS tapes.
2. Sell online on Ebay or Amazon
There are probably lots of people that still enjoy watching old VHS tapes on their VCR. You can keep your VHS tapes from being wasted and make a little extra cash by selling them on E-bay or Amazon.
3. Give away for free on Craigslist or Freecycle
If nobody wants to spend money on your tapes, the next best thing you can do is give them away for free. You can list your tapes on Craigslist or Freecycle.
Some libraries at Universities or within the community will accept VHS tapes. Look up the libraries in your area and see what types they accept.
Ideas for repurposing VHS tapes
Like any other item, you can repurpose VHS tapes to achieve another function and keep them from ending up in our landfills. All it takes is a little effort and creativity. Here are some ideas you might want to consider:
- VHS foosball table
- Storage case
There’s a lot of other interesting ways people have repurposed their VHS tapes. You can learn more ways at the links below: