How to dispose of video cassettes

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How to dispose of video cassettes
Recycling centres are the best areas for disposing of old video cassettes. (video cassette image by TEA from

Video cassettes contain plastic materials that are harmful to the environment. Defined as e-waste (electronic waste), video cassettes were once a popular household item for storing and recording information. However, since technology has evolved, the once popular item is now considered obsolete. Regardless, disposing of cassettes can be done at a local recycling centre. With the help of a recycling centre, users can prevent hazardous plastics from making it to a landfill.

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    Disposing of old video cassettes

  1. 1

    Gather all old video cassettes. Before discarding, ensure the tapes are no longer of value or have been transferred and stored using newer technology.

    How to dispose of video cassettes
    Make sure the information has been transferred to newer technology if valuable (Jupiterimages/ Images)
  2. 2

    Open the top flap of the cassette. Pull and remove the cassette tape. Place the removed tape inside a plastic bag. Take the plastic cassettes and place them inside a separate bag.

    How to dispose of video cassettes
    Separate the tape and plastic cassette housing (Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images)
  3. 3

    Locate a recycling centre nearby. Note the times the centres are open and what materials they help discard. See resources for links to finding centres nearby.

    How to dispose of video cassettes
    Locate a nearby recycling centre (Chris Clinton/Photodisc/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Bring the plastic cassettes and tapes to a recycling centre to properly discard.

    How to dispose of video cassettes
    Bring to the centre for recycling (Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

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