1000 Flowers for the Planet - #473 Recycle Video Tapes
Some of us still have a lot of old video tapes hanging around in storage, unsure what to do with them. If you have family films recorded on VHS tape then the first thing you should consider doing is having the film copied to digital format so you can access it with modern computer technology. Then you are free to send all your videos off for recycling. All of the component parts are able to be recycled: the plastics are broken down and sorted according to their grade, to be used in the making of things like garden furniture and bins; any metal parts, like springs, are easily melted down and used to manufacture new items; and the tape, which is magnetic and therefore a little harder to recycle, can be broken down into small pieces and used with other products to make insulation. Some recyclers of videos do not make the effort to recycle the tape, so be sure to find a recycler who will. Do a search on the Internet to find someone near you such as www.businessrecycling.com.au for Aussies or http://www.ems-europe.co.uk/ for the Brits and Europeans.