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Old 12-09-2012, 02:32 PM   #1
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Default Disposing of old video tapes

I've done a Google search and haven't really found a satisfactory solution. Problem is, I have dozens of old VHS, Beta and U-matic video taps that I will have to dispose of. I'm looking for a sensible way that is environmentally-friendly, to dispose of the tapes. Edmonton's Eco-station does not list video tapes, and the craft centre only accepts commercially-recorded media.

Anyone have a solution to the problem?
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:46 PM   #2
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Burn em?? I dunno?
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:46 PM   #3
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I've been dropping mine off at Value Village, not sure if they want them or not. But I've been spreading them out over time so they aren't overwhelmed.
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:53 PM   #4
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Burn em?? I dunno?
I said "Environmentally-friendly".
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:34 PM   #5
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Just throw them in the trash. They will get buried in the landfill and will do no harm to nature.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:36 PM   #6
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Burn em?? I dunno?
I said "Environmentally-friendly".
Eh. Im sure in the grand scheme of what gets burned into the atmosphere daily, an hour or so of burning plastic is not even a 'drop in the bucket'. We have just been enviro-guilted into thinking its a sin.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:52 PM   #7
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:58 PM   #8
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From what I'm seeing, it would take more energy to recycle than what the resulting product would be worth. Probably going to fill a few garbage bags each week and send them to the landfill.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:19 PM   #9
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Burn em?? I dunno?
I said "Environmentally-friendly".
Eh. Im sure in the grand scheme of what gets burned into the atmosphere daily, an hour or so of burning plastic is not even a 'drop in the bucket'. We have just been enviro-guilted into thinking its a sin.
Yes, one person burning their VHS tapes isn't going to cause much harm on the grand scheme of things...

But if everyone did the same thing as that one person, that smoke floating around your room won't be from the joint burning in your ashtray.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:37 PM   #10
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Drop some off at Value Village, Goodwill, Sally Ann. There are people out there that look for VHS's. Just like people who still buy old vinyl records. Or, take the tape part out and recycle the plastic.
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Old 13-09-2012, 08:16 AM   #11
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......... Or, take the tape part out and recycle the plastic.
I like this idea...
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Old 14-09-2012, 07:28 AM   #12
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Coincidentally, I saw a mess of cassette tape on the street the other week and realized that that was a sight I hadn't seen in a couple decades. We have made some small steps as a civilization.
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