How to Dispose of Old VCRs

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How to Dispose of Old VCRs
Another way to dispose of unwanted VCRs and other electronics is to donate the devices to a charity. (Birthing Room image by Leticia Wilson from

As technology continues to grow, you may find yourself with unwanted or outdated electronics. Many electronic devices contain components that are toxic to the environment and should not be simply thrown away. Referred to as "eCycling," many major retailers have taken it upon themselves to assist consumers with the proper disposal of unwanted electronics. Additionally, many programs such as Earth 911 and My Green Electronics provide resources to consumers in an effort to encourage proper disposal of electronics.

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    Visit your local Best Buy store. Every Best Buy location has a kiosk where users can bring old or unwanted electronics, such as VCRs, to be recycled. Best Buy does not charge a fee to recycle VCRs, however, items such as large appliances are subject to a fee. When bringing items to Best Buy, keep in mind that you can only drop off two items per day per location. Regardless of where an item was purchased, Best Buy will recycle it.

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    Go to any Office Depot location and purchase a "Tech Recycling Box." The boxes are available in sizes small, medium and large, and cost £3, £6 and £9, respectively. Once you have the box, you can place your VCR in it, in addition to any other unwanted electronics that can fit in the unsealed box. Once the box is full, bring the box back to Office Depot for safe disposal.

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    Bring the unwanted VCR to any Staples location. Staples accepts and recycles electronics for £6 per item at all of their stores, nationwide. The locations will have bins dedicated to the recycling of electronics or customers can ask any sales associate for assistance.

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    Go to Earth 911's website to search for an electronics recycler in your area. To search, enter "Electronics" in the text box labelled "Find recycling centres for" and enter your Postcode in the text box labelled "Near." Click "Search" to perform the search.

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