What to do with all those VHS tapes
It can be tricky to find a place that will recycle your video tapes because not many people use them anymore! There is not much profit for reusing the tapes, so companies don’t bother collecting them. But there ARE a few places that accept them, plus plenty of other neat ways to recycle VHS tapes.
Now that your old movie favorites have long since been converted to DVDs, if you want to get rid of that clutter, you can always drop off your old VHS cassette tapes at your nearest Goodwill or other thrift store. Have you ever noticed how many stacks of old tapes they have lying around? You never know, that movie you saw 10 years ago in the theater might be someone’s treasure.
Recycled VHS Tape Bags
If you really want to be inspired, see our interview with Cindy of MyRecycledBags, who crocheted a designer bag out of VHS tape. She also makes other neat upcycled VHS tape crafts that you need to see! This photo is courtesy of Cindy, and here is her website: MyRecycledBags.com. We are proud to promote Cindy’s work, and hope you will check it out and buy something from her because her crafts are great! Learn some of her tips and tricks and get one-of-a-kind advice- Don’t miss an Exclusive Interview with her at this link: Playing With Plarn.
The VHS tote bag below is also made from recycled video tapes and cotton yarn. Your purchase of the bag upholds Fair Trade principles, meaning it’s a good deal and fair wages for the people that produce your stuff. Nice find! Check out other cool recycled gifts that reduce the need for new resources while increasing demand for used and recycled products..
Mail VHS Tapes To Be Recycled
Now that your old movie favorites have long since been converted to DVDs, if you want to get rid of that clutter, you can send your old VHS tapes and cassettes to Green Disk. If you have VHS tapes to be recycled, you’ve probably got other junk too. Green Disk can be your place. They accept all forms of electronic media and their cases: diskettes, zip disks, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVDs, audio tape, game cartridges- you name it!
VHS tapes can be also recycled at Back Thru The Future as well. We will refrain from mentioning Marty McFly and instead report that this New Jersey facility will accept your old video tapes and shred them. Keep in mind, the tape itself is not reusable, nor is it recyclable so that portion of the material goes to a landfill. The plastic and the metal (some VHS tapes have little metal parts to them) are sorted into their respective bins. These materials go to metals and plastics refiners for processing, since they do no do any on-site smelting or reprocessing of the material there. You pay the cost of shipping to the address on their website, and they also accept CDs and their jewel cases.
ACT’s Recycling Program
Alternative Community Training (ACT) offers individuals with disabilities a chance to gain employment, and offers another option for recycling VHS tape. Their Missouri headquarters and production floor employ over 50 people in erasing and repackaging donated video cassettes and floppy disks. By donating your old VHS tapes to ACT, you are not only saving money but you are also providing disabled individuals with career opportunities and helping them make their own money.
To submit your donation of video tapes, simply complete the online form on their website.
If you have time, you can read more about their mission to support to individuals with disabilities as they become full and valued members of the community.
So cool! Drop spin the tape on a loom- Kristy Medina from Textiles4you explains how:
Finally, Laura Labrin is another award-winning Textile Design artist that hand-weaves videotape by stretching it, and as it is pulled on, it becomes a thin yarn, just like the video shown above. Despite how it seems fragile, it’s actually quite workable and strong.