How to Recycle VCR Movies

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How to Recycle VCR Movies
The VHS tape was a standard for home theatres, but now is considered obsolete. (Steven Errico/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The VCR was once one of the main components of the home theatre experience. The VHS tapes used to store treasured memories, movies, and television shows have now been replaced by DVDs and Blu-ray discs. But due to the size and weight of a VHS tape collection, getting rid of them can be physically exhausting. A single box of VHS tapes can weigh up to 18.1 Kilogram and harm your feet or back. By following these instructions, you can make this a simple process that can also benefit you and your community.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Boxes
  • Heavy duty garbage bags
  • Packaging tape

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    Give your tapes away to charity. Many second-hand shops crave VHS tapes and will happily take them off of your hands. Goodwill, The Salvation Army, pawn shops, or flea markets are good places to dispose of your tapes. Some of these places will come pick up your tapes for nothing, saving you time and effort of lifting heavy boxes or bags and giving your tapes to someone who wants them. You can also list your tapes for free on websites like Craigslist or Freecycle.

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    Give your tapes to a professional recycling service. Tech-recycling companies like and Alternative Community Service will offer you ways to dispose of your VCR tapes or recycle them for charities.

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    Throw them away. Most garbage companies and landfills have methods to dispose of VCR tapes on their premises. Just put them in a heavy duty garbage bag and throw away in your normal manner. Be sure to take care that the bag or box does not break when lifted.

Tips and warnings

  • Be kind to your garbage collectors and make sure to sit out your tapes on collection days that are designed for large and unwieldy items. This information can be found at your local city hall or landfill.
  • Be careful when lifting boxes and bags of VCR tapes. Tapes are much heavier than DVDs and can cause injury. Be sure to use heavy-duty garbage bags as they will not break under the heavy weight.

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