How to dispose of video cassettes

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

Disposing of old video cassettes

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

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.

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.

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

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic bags
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Richard Bonilla has been writing professionally since 2010. He has written video game, technology and sports content for various websites. He is a graduate of California State University-Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts in rhetoric and composition.