A Complete Guide on How to Recycle VHS Tapes and Cassette Tapes

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A single VHS tape contains 1,410 feet of tape reel, so they’re very hard to dispose of safely. To this day, there are still millions of unused VHS and audio cassette tapes out there littering garages, attics, and old shelves.

VHS tapes stopped being produced in 2008 and VHS players have not been made since 2012. These VHS tapes are as dead as the dodo, and there’s no sign of them making a comeback. DVDs and streaming have long taken tapes’ place as the movie formats of choice.

So, are you wondering what to do with old VHS tapes you have on hand? Can VHS tapes be recycled?


But it’s not that simple. Turns out, VHS recycling is difficult.

Why Is It Important To Recycle VHS Tapes?

It’s important to recycle VHS tapes because the Mylar plastic tape inside is coated with metals considered to be hazardous waste, while the rest is made from #5 plastics which will take centuries to degrade.

However, this also makes recycling VHS tapes difficult. You can’t simply throw them into the plastic recycling bin or bring them to the landfill.


Because if they sit in the landfill for too long, the toxic metals in VHS tapes will seep into the ground.

Another reason why it’s difficult to recycle VHS tapes is because they’re not cost-effective.

The same can be said when you recycle cassette tapes; the value of getting anything useful out of them is below the cost in person-hours required to break the tapes down for plastic recycling.

In fact, next to Styrofoam, VHS and cassette tapes might be the most difficult household items to recycle.

VHS tapes will degrade over time. Even with being kept in climate control and whatnot, things will adhere, the tape will get weak, and it will lose quality over time for just sitting.

Christopher Rokosz, Digital Lifestyle Expert

So, what to do with VHS tapes? How can you recycle them if they won’t go into the local plastic recycling bin? Read on to find out.

What Does VHS Stand For?

VHS stands for “video home system.”

The technology was developed by Victor Company of Japan (JVC) in the early 1970s. VHS tapes were commercially released in Japan on September 9, 1976, and in the United States on August 23, 1977.

However, as early as the 1950s, magnetic tapes were already being used in the television industry, which required a much faster production cycle than the movie industry’s slower pace of working with film stock instead of tapes.

A vhs tape player from JVC

In the ‘70s and ‘80s, the two popular videotape formats were VHS and Betamax. Betamax, Sony Corporation’s competing video tapes format, was released in Japan on May 10, 1975.

“Beta” was superior in many ways, but it was also more expensive. Because of this, VHS tapes ultimately won the market for home video tapes.

What Are VHS Tapes Made From?

VHS tape close up

VHS tapes are made from #5 plastic and Mylar.

The outside case is made from #5 plastic (polypropylene), which will take centuries to biodegrade (via microorganisms) or photodegrade (via sunlight).

The plastic tape inside, on the other hand, is made from Mylar (polyethylene terephthalate). It’s a #1 plastic that’s coated with chromium, iron oxide, and other metals considered to be hazardous waste.

With all this information in mind, how should you know what to do with old VCR tapes?

We’ll tell you about that in a while, but first…

How About Computer Data Tapes?

Computer data tapes have similar disposal and recycling issues to old plastic VCR tapes.

For decades, old computer data tapes were widely used to back up data on mainframe and minicomputers used by businesses, institutions, government, and the military.

In the United States, you can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to closing more than 60 large coal-fired power plants if you recycle VHS tapes with GreenCitizen.

The data stored on these old tapes are often highly sensitive. Whether it’s backup data from a hospital, a bank, or a loan company, it’s all confidential information about people and businesses.

As such, recycling old data tapes should be done with great care to avoid identity theft and security breaches from the tape’s sensitive information.

How To Get Rid Of VHS Tapes For Money

Depending on the content and condition of your VHS tapes and audiotapes, they might be worth something to somebody. People recycle and collect all kinds of things, including VHS tapes!

These are the different ways that you can get rid of VHS tapes for money:

  • If you can’t recycle VCR tapes, you could sell them online to the highest bidder. We’ve seen rare ones go for as much as $9,000!
  • You can also bring the buyers to you via a yard sale or a Craigslist ad.
  • While the stores that used to sell and rent VHS tapes are mostly out of business, you can still find music stores that might be interested in trading your VHS tapes and audiocassettes for cash.
  • There are still a few people in the world who love audio and VHS tapes as a recording medium, and they might be interested in recycling your VHS tapes collection as raw materials to erase, reuse, and recycle.

Where to Donate VHS Tapes

If you’re looking to donate or recycle VHS tapes in the modern age, you’re mostly going to be dealing with niche markets and collectors. [1]

Here are some of the places where you can donate VHS tapes:

Local recycling companies

First things first, check if there is a local recycling company you can donate them to. Some local recycling services have specialized VHS tapes recycling services.

Libraries or charity shops

You could also donate VHS tapes to library services or donate tapes to a local charity shop if they accept them.

Vintage shops and record stores

You can also try looking for local vintage shops and old record stores who may get customers that are interested in VHS tapes and cassettes.

Waste can be reclaimed as a resource—something of value, rather than something to discard—to reduce the use of raw materials and energy.

The Drawdown Report

How to Reuse VHS And Cassette Tapes

If you’re wondering what to do with VHS movies, wonder no more. If you’re crafty, there are many ways you can reuse and recycle VHS tapes.

For example, you can recycle and repurpose plastic VHS tapes into tote bags and purses as seen in the video below.

People also often create interesting lights and lamps from VHS tapes. You can recycle the clear plastic windows in the front of the VHS tapes to emit light.

For example, this YouTube tutorial makes use of the tape to create a beautiful lamp.

How Can I Save My Content From VHS Tapes, Data, And Cassette Tapes?

Want to know how to dispose of VHS tapes and cassette tapes while keeping your precious memories alive?

Before recycling or sending tapes off for VHS disposal, you should save that irreplaceable content by converting your VHS tapes to digital format. [2]

For this, we recommend the VIDBOX Video Conversion Suite because it’s incredibly versatile. You can use this VHS tapes digitizing system with VCR, DVR, Beta, 8mm or Camcorder footage and send it to a Mac or a PC. This machine is compatible with many different systems, so you don’t have to buy anything else.

Vidbox-Video-Conversion-Suite box

Step-by-step instructions make it easy to use the VIDBOX Video Conversion Suite system and there’s a brilliant tech support team standing by to help you.

Once you’re done, you can easily save your VHS tapes footage in a safe place on your computer or upload it to YouTube so you can watch it anytime you want.

Here are other VHS-to-digital converters that can do the job:

Meanwhile, what do you do with old cassette tapes? How can you convert them to digital format?

Mypin-USB-Cassette-to-MP3-Converter with cassette tape and usb

For those, we recommend the MYPIN USB Cassette to MP3 Converter because the sound quality is crystal clear.

One of the cheapest audio cassette tapes converters on the market, the MYPIN USB Cassette to MP3 Converter converts your old audio tapes to MP3 format onto a USB flash drive. These USB flash drives can be used with all laptops, PCs, Macs, tablets, and smartphones.

It also comes with a built-in speaker so you can use it as a tape player as well.

Here are other cassette-to-MP3 devices that you can use:

How to Recycle VHS Tapes And Cassette Tapes

If you live in the San Francisco Bay area, you can easily recycle VHS tapes with GreenCitizen. We have VHS tapes recycling and cassette tapes recycling services for both businesses and regular consumers.

For businesses

  1. Head to our business recycling pickup page and schedule a pickup of old VHS tapes or old audio tapes. We do local business recycling pickups every Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm.
  2. Fill out the form on our page, giving us all the necessary details about your business and the VHS tapes you’re recycling.
  3. Click on the Request Pickup button to get the ball rolling!

For regular consumers

  1. Pack up your used VHS tapes and drop by our Burlingame EcoCenter located at 1831 Bayshore Highway, Suite 2, Burlingame, CA 94010. Our recycling center is open every Monday-Saturday from 10am-6pm.
  2. Please note that we charge $1 to recycle each of your VHS tapes and $0.50 to recycle each of your small audio tapes. You can check our recycling fees page to see which items we recycle for free and which items we cannot recycle.

Here at GreenCitizen, we recycle VHS tapes using the waste-to-energy incineration method.

Considering all the available recycling options from an environmental and data security perspective, we believe this is the best way to recycle videotapes.

This is because waste-to-energy incineration minimizes environmental impact, reduces landfill, and avoids global dumping.

Based on the information available at Covanta, GreenCitizen’s energy-to-waste incineration partner, Energy-from-Waste (EfW) is widely recognized as a technology that can help mitigate climate change.

A pile of VHS tapes that will be recycled

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), every ton of municipal solid waste processed at an EfW facility prevents the release of approximately one ton of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions into the atmosphere. [3]

The EfW facility does this by avoiding methane generation at landfills, offsetting greenhouse gases from fossil fuel electrical production, and recovering metals.

It’s important to recycle VHS tapes because the Mylar plastic tape inside is coated with metals considered to be hazardous waste, while the rest is made from #5 plastics which will take centuries to degrade.

Landfills are the largest source of human-made methane. Methane has been found to be over 30 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, according to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). [4]

If we apply the waste-to-energy (WtE) model globally, there’s a potential to save 3.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases as CO2 each year. That’s equivalent to installing two million one-megawatt wind turbines or doubling nuclear power plant capacity!

In the United States, you can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to closing more than 60 large coal-fired power plants if you recycle VHS tapes with GreenCitizen.

Where To Recycle VHS Tapes And Cassette Tapes

If you’re outside the San Francisco Bay Area and you want to recycle VHS tapes and cassette tapes, you can check out earth911.com for locations of other electronic recycling facilities. Here’s how:

  1. Go to earth911.com
  2. Hit the “Where To Recycle” tab in the top nav bar
  3. Enter “VHS,” “Video Tapes,” or “VHS cassettes” and your zip code

You’ll then get a list of the nearest drop-off recycling locations that will recycle VHS tapes and cassette tapes.

Earth911.com can also find you recycling centers for many other household items.


Are VHS tapes recyclable?

Yes, VHS tapes are recyclable. You can recycle VHS tapes with specialist VHS tape recycling services like GreenCitizen, though there will normally be a fee. You could also choose to send them to a waste-to-energy incineration recycling plant where they will be burned to produce green energy.

Does Best Buy recycle VHS tapes?

Best Buy does not recycle VHS tapes. However, it does recycle old VCRs and camcorders, so there may be some related items that you can send to Best Buy. Depending on the item you’re recycling, they may recycle for free or they may charge a small recycling fee.

Where can I buy old VHS tapes?

You can buy old VHS tapes on websites like eBay. You might also find VHS tapes on Facebook marketplace groups and other online forums where people buy and sell items. Some charity shops, vintage shops, and record stores might also sell old VHS tapes.

Do charity shops take VHS tapes?

Most charity shops do not take VHS tapes anymore. Unfortunately, VHS tapes just do not sell in these shops, so they would rather save their shelf space for DVDs. However, some vintage shops and old record stores will take old VHS tapes and even pay for them.

Can I throw VHS tapes in the garbage?

You can’t throw VHS tapes in the garbage because when the VHS tapes go to the landfill, they will not decompose for around 1,000 years. Throwing old VHS tapes in the garbage contributes massively to climate change. Instead, try to recycle VHS tapes, sell the tapes, or repurpose VHS tapes where possible.

Does Staples recycle VHS tapes?

Staples does not currently recycle VHS tapes. If you want to recycle VHS tapes, you need to use a recycling service like GreenCitizen which does VHS tapes and cassette tapes recycling. You may also be able to send the tapes to a facility that burns trash to produce green energy.

Will pawn shops buy VHS tapes?

Most pawnshops will not buy VHS tapes because they are worth so little. Unless your VHS tapes are rare or highly sought-after by collectors, the tapes probably won’t be bought by a pawnshop. Pawning the movies is nonetheless worth a try if you really don’t know what to do with old VHS movies.

Does Oxfam take VHS tapes?

Some Oxfam shops do take VHS tapes, but it’s not very common these days. Even if you find an Oxfam that does accept VHS tapes donations, they’ll probably only accept a few rather than a large collection.

Can you donate VHS tapes to Goodwill?

Yes, you can donate VHS tapes to Goodwill. According to their website, they accept several forms of media including VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs, Blu-Rays and Vinyl Records. So if you don’t know what to do with cassette tapes, Goodwill is a great place to try.


We hope you enjoyed that guide on how to recycle VHS tapes and cassette tapes. Disposing of VHS tapes and cassette tapes is not easy, but proper VHS tape disposal and cassette tape disposal is essential for protecting the environment!

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, recycle your VHS and cassette tapes by dropping them off at the GreenCitizen Eco Center. Or schedule a recycling pick-up with us!

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1. https://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/recycling/questions/can-i-recycle-my-old-vhs-tapes

2. https://www.archives.gov/preservation/formats/video-playback-digitize.html

​3. https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/reports/2013/04/17/60712/energy-from-waste-can-help-curb-greenhouse-gas-emissions/

​4. https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/syr/

67 Comments on “A Complete Guide on How to Recycle VHS Tapes and Cassette Tapes

    I visit day-to-day some websites and sites to read posts, except this weblog gives quality based posts.

    I tried earth911 and put in my zip, which is TX. It gave me Mass, Calif, etc.

    I would be happy to pay a small fee to save the earth from a VHS landfill mountain. Is there any health risk to handling the inner tape portion if I dismantle them myself?

    I would love to take some VHS tapes off your hands. Having an 80’s themed party. Email me!

    I saw a notice on their site that as of April 2016 (or so) they don’t take audio or videocassettes anymore. They refer readers to the Recycling Center of America or GreenDisk.

    Hi Kyle,
    You can check out earth911.com to find a local VHS tape recycling facility. Thanks for your question!

    Hi Mahina,
    Depending where you live, you can visit earth911.com to find a nearby facility. Or you can drop them off in our Burlingame EcoCenter. Let us know if there’s anything else we can assist you with.

    Any place in the Cincinnati OHIO area where I can take my old VHS tapes to recycle/dispose of?

    Do they pay you or do you pay them? They obviously make money on the recycling process so I’m not paying them to make money on my tapes. I have over a thousand vhs tapes to get rid of and if I have to pay them then I will instead just find a dumpster to throw them all in. Thanks.

    They pay yo 10c per tape or fo you have to pay them 10c per tape. I have hundreds of tgem to get rid of so it would be cost prohibitive if I had to pay them. I’ll just toss them in a dumpster sonewhere if that’s the case.

    I dismantled my cassette tapes and took the plastics to my local recycler. I am about to do the same with my VHS tapes. Is there anywhere I can send the tape that I have removed to have it properly disposed of?

    I read an article awhile back telling about an Enrichment Center that you can mail your VHS tapes that you recorded favorite shows on and they would disassemble them for recycling. I have misplaced the article. Could anyone out there help me find that address.

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    You all gave me courage! I just recycled two stuffed carloads of VHS tapes at a place called Securis in Maryland. It is a franchise connected to a larger operation in Chantilly, Virginia. Normally they chop hard drives into little bits, and recycle all parts of computers for businesses and government agencies, but once a month they take residential IT recycling, including VHS. There was a per/pound fee. VHS was once so cutting edge! Now it is like buggy whips.

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    Is it me just thinking this, or will this be a major problem in the very near future? I’ll be 44 in two weeks, so I’ve seen the evolution 1st hand, from 33 1/3s and 45s (there were other speeds too; extra credit for those who leave a comment those speeds!) to 8tracks to memorex’s “is it live?” cassettes, who remembers micro-cassettes? Mainly for audio capture in voice memo handhelds, they could hold a few songs too! Then beta vs VHS! Who remembers having two separate units strung together to form a player?! I do! Then LASERDISC! Same size as an vinyl LP but that quality! (If you could afford the $4,000 player.) walkmans, and then CD tech. Vidcap hardware an software that was easily used in conjunction with a VCR, your $2000 IBM with the warp-speed 166mhz processor! Holy AOL 2.0 Batman! Those chat rooms?! Oh my the good ole days.

    But I digress. I recall my friends and I having hundreds (pal of mine had 3,000 VHS and 1500 beta tapes!) of cassettes, and don’t forget one of my favorite jobs ever- Blockbuster video! 10,000 tapes per store, minimum. Phoenix had 35 stores, I think?

    Seems to me, Mt VHS is looming on the horizon. Figuratively and tangibly.

    Do y’all think so too?

    I have many video tapes to recycle please help me to find a place to take them!

    All the places listed near me confirmed that they did NOT take VHS tapes in 2017.

    No the best way to recycle VHS tapes is to sell them on ebay. You can get over 1 dollar per each VHS tape.

    I see conflicting info on the site here. Do you still accept VHS tapes for recycling in Burlingame or another site? Happy to pay a fee if necessary. Thanks.


    I could not find information from Recology regarding audio tape recycling, so I believe you cannot disassemble and recycle just the plastic. For your tapes, I would recommend going to www,greendisk.com. They are able to take your tapes as is for a small fee!

    Thank you,


    James, your details above under Video Tape Recycling Options you have specific instructions on how to dispose of video tapes (part recycle part garbage). Can we do the same thing with audio cassettes in San Francisco?

    In Toronto, Canada, there is a social enterprise aim to recycle all media tapes including VHS tapes properly. 2.26 billion tapes were consumed in Ontario alone.
    They now offers mail-in service. http://www.RedPropeller.ca

    Hi Bill,

    Thank you for letting us know! I have updated the post accordingly.

    The main page text above says “You can donate your VHS tapes to either Goodwill or to the San Francisco Public Library.” Neither of these is true anymore (12/2016).

    The book donation page for Friends of the SFPL https://www.friendssfpl.org/donatebooks.html lists VHS tapes under “What we do not accept.” Goodwill lists VHS tapes only as a disposal problem for which they issued a challenge for the best ideas (the page http://www.goodwill.org/blog/news-updates/san-francisco-goodwill-launches-challenge-to-solve-vhs-disposal-problem/ is undated but a comment from early 2015 says the contest seemed to be over then).

    Seems like there’s no service in the bay area that will take the vhs tapes off our hands, without as you suggest, taking them apart. Is that right? Is landfill our next option? Thanks for the reply –

    Consider me just the type of person who has a problem understanding anything. I spent a fortune on Reel to Reel tapes and thousands of dollars worth of equipment only to see it replaced by 8 track tapes for $20. each and hundreds of dollar in a player. Only to see everything replaced by audio cassettes and complete stereo racks systems… only to see everything replaced by VHS tapes and laserdiscs and Sony handicams 8 mm and players only to see all that replaced by CD’s and then double density CD’s and then DVD’s. So I have invested a literal fortune in trying to keep up with technology and now someone is suggesting that I take hundreds of tapes containing special information to recycling just to go out and spend more money trying to get information on new types of media. And now the
    green people want you to dump your dvd’s.

    And then you get rid of your vinyl record collection just to discover that DJ’s are still using vinyl and turntables ?? And those album jackets are now collectors items.

    I think the whole world must be crazy… if you like your vhs tapes.. keep them for another 25 years and then think about upgrading to technology instead of buying into every fad.

    Btw…. the life of a CD or DVD is 10 years for data storage. The life of a tape is 25 to 50 years. Where do you want to archive your information…..

    My 70+ VHS tapes are either pirated or home movies, so literally aren’t desirable in any thrift stores. I just want to remark that a quick search on Pinterest literally yields dozens of great ways to REUSE these perfect little plastic building blocks into items for use around the house. I’m so happy they don’t have to go to the dump!

    TerraCycle does accept VHS tapes. Of course, you do have to pay for the recycling box to ship them. I believe a small box is under $100.

    I am the chairperson of a book sale for our public library. This is the last year we will accept donated VHS tapes. I expect to have a lot of them left over after our sale in April, so I was hoping to find a way to recycle or reuse them. Now I understand what the problem is.

    Don’t throw your tapes away! They aren’t useless! I was able to have my VHS tapes digitized, I now have all my childhood memories right on my DVD player!

    I was at my local Best Buy recently and they have a recycling bin between the glass doors for CDs, DVDs and their cases. They also take cables and other items.

    can I mail them to you? what do you do with them? I have a lot of cassettes and VHS tapes – no security issues, but would prefer them not to go in the landfill if possible….

    Really, there’s simply GOT TO BE someone in the world (if not the USA) with the brains to figure out how to profitably cash in on a new use for old video tape. One hurdle is already crossed in the fact that it is not toxic material. THINK, PEOPLE, THINK! – or has America run out of brains, improvisation and ingenuity? Find a way to make the black tape material valuable so as to motivate people to dig it out of their cassettes – you can QUICKLY mine it out – with just a cordless electric drill with a very small Phillips bit, hurdle Two done. Hurdle Three, mine out the videos at GW and the Salvation Army and thrift shops and flea markets. Then one can wind out the tape onto some sort of weaving device and make table or desk or floor mats, etc. Whatever! Knot the tape and form strands into a curtain across doorways… Maybe these will be good for de-staticking yourself (as you pass through the curtain) in a house full of carpets! Or make floormats that will do the same. JUST DO IT and MORE! Don’t burden the archeologists with wondering what the things are when they dig them out of the dumps in a thousand years! (NOT! For sure, this ain’t gonna happen. Haven’t you heard, the END is near! So be found prepared by Jesus responsibly stewarding our God given resources in ways that benefit others as well as yourself! (Hah! Bet you didn’t see THAT evangelization spiel coming! My email address doesn’t say “evangelart” for nothing!)

    Give VHS tapes you don’t want to Goodwill or other thrift stores and let someone else enjoy them. There are many people who still watch tapes, including myself. Players aren’t available new but there are many available at thrift stores. And they can last a long time. I have one I bought in 1986 that’s still working.

    Some people prefer VHS to DVDs, and also there are many persons of limited means who buy both the players and VHS movies for cheap at thrift stores.

    Hi Karen,

    GreenCitizen no longer collects VHS and other tape based media for recycling. We no longer have a downstream vendor that will accept them and therefore can no longer properly dispose of them.



    Does the San Francisco site (1541 Sloat Blvd) take the VCR video and also audio tapes for $0.10 each recycling? You only mentioned the site in Berkeley.

    It’s so heartening to read that there are many people who are so eager to recycle that they would pay someone to take their VHS tapes rather than send them to a landfill. My family and I thought I was the only one who thought this way!

    Senior Centers will sometimes accept VHS tapes. Check with your local one(s) and see if they are interested.

    The film (tape) is not “very toxic”. Consider this: In the broadcast industry people were handling recording tapes with bare hands and not necessarily washing their hands before eating for over half a century. Nobody died, nobody even got sick. Stop spreading nonsense.

    Glad to have found this information. When I was trying to resurrect my old VHS collection last month, I learned that no one manufactures players any more. And one cannot trust used machines that have complicated moving parts (e.g., from Craigslist). So I will disassemble about 300 VHS cassettes and recycle as suggested.

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    Thanks for the information about earth911.com. I was able to find several locations to drop off my unwanted VHS tapes. I live in Columbus, Ohio.

    Would you accept VHS from a local government in Oregon? I don’t think we have a huge amount – probably less than 50. Please let me know as I can’t find any other place that will recycle them. Thanks.

    hold 6 to 8 hours, compare against what? DVD?…. really anybody uses things like CD/DVDs in the Internet Era?.

    I have problems, thinking how to throw away all my dvd collection.

    and please 6 up to 8 hours, of bad quality LP video……

    Hi. Above it says to throw away the inside film of a VHS. Other sites say that film is very toxic.

    So, can I mail you my small VHS movie library? Movies like: “Dakota,” “Primary Colors,” “The Witness,” “Princess Bride,” etc.

    Please respond. I hate to just dump them!

    Cassettes and VHS tapes have 5 small screws that hold them together. The right size Phillips makes it quite easy. Inside most cassettes their is a small shiny piece of metal that could be used in crafts. You can see it behind the pad.

    If you leave the vhs intact you can use them for shelving. For me they are preferable as most shelves are pretty much standard. Using them for ends all you need horizontal boards and you can adjust the shelves vertically.

    Save the screws to give to someone who has a shop they work in. Just put them in a recycled jar. You will find someone who can use them.

    I still like vhs over discs as they hold 6 to 8 hours, so they actually take up less space than a disc.

    Sorry I love all my VHS tapes not planning on giving them away just cause the DVD says so!

    Hi John,

    Thanks for your question. In an industry like recycling, which is naturally opaque and convoluted, it’s important to employ a healthy skepticism, since some many e-waste recyclers claim to be “green.” Our downstream recycler for media (VHS and Cassette tapes) is Sims Metal Management, located in Hayward California. We have to pay Sims by the pound for the media we ship to them. Please let me know if you have any more questions.

    Hi Gerado. Check out earth911.com for a list of places near you. Earth911.com is a search engine for recycling centers. All you need to do is type in your zip code and the item you would like to recycle (VHS) and earth911 will list the closest drop-off locations to you.

    Where can I throw my VHS and some wires. I’m from chicago,IL please

    Why don’t you just tell people who your downstream recycler is? The people who you “pay” to take the tapes from you.

    Please email me your address so I can mail u my video/tapes and feel secure that they won’t land in a landfill. I tried pulling them apart w eyeglass screwdriver to recycle but difficult. I’m happy to send money order w shipment. Thank you!

    Would you take mail in VHS tapes for recycling if I send you 50 cents per tape and audio cassette tapes if I send you 10 cents per tape? Thanks.

    Hi Regina,

    Yes, we do take cassette tapes for 10 cents per tape. Like with VHS tapes, we have to charge because they are so difficult to dismantle. Thanks for your interest! Please let us know if you have any more questions.

    The GreenCitizen Team

    Just where did u actually acquire the concepts to post ““How to Recycle VHS
    and Cassette Tapes |”? Thanks a lot -Phillip

    Hi There,

    I see all you have about video tapes, but do you take audio cassette tapes?

    thank you.

    I’m in Salt Lake and have many VHS tapes that I didn’t want to send to the landfill. I have been looking for a facility who will handle them, with no luck. Thanks for clearly explaining the situation- I will recycle as many parts of these myself as I can.


    I would like to recycle cassette tapes and found that I can bring them to my local Green Citizen center in Berkeley, https://greencitizen.com/ecolocations/, for $0.10 per tape,

    I didn’t see it specifically stated that the tapes are disassembled. Can you please confirm? Do you split the tapes using something similar to the Oreo Separator Machine?


    I was looking on your website for ways to recycle VHS tapes and saw that you offered up earth911.com for other locations in which to send my tapes. The website does not seem to be a working website. Do you know of anywhere I can take these in the Detroit, MI area?

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