Can You Recycle Video Cassette Tapes?

Updated February 21, 2017

One-sixth of a gallon of petroleum goes into the production of one videocassette, and as of 2008, video duplication companies processed 20 million of them per month. Fortunately, there are ways to recycle your used or unwanted videotapes.


WeBuyUsedTape buys used and surplus videocassettes and other magnetic media, and will also pay for the freight to ship them to its facility. They can be contacted at (800) 821-1782 or

Tropical Media

Tropical Media in Burbank, California, accepts shipped or in-person deliveries of videocassettes for reuse. You can reach them at (800) 650-1616.


Headquartered in Sammamish, Washington, GreenDisk accepts videotapes, by mail or in-person, for a small fee. They also recycle a variety of office supplies and computer equipment. For more information visit or call (800) 305-DISK.

Thrift Stores

Non-profit thrift stores such as Goodwill and Salvation Army will gladly take your unwanted VHS tapes and resell them to support their endeavours.


Try posting your videocassettes on the online classified site Craigslist, either in the free section or for sale. You may be surprised at who will take them off your hands.

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Angela Brown has been a book editor since 1997. She has written for various websites, as well as National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio and more than 20 fiction anthologies. Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater and English from the University of Wisconsin.