How can I reuse or recycle old photographic slides?

We’ve had an email from Karen, asking:

Do you have any suggestions on how I can recycle 35mm slides in wallets?

I suspect that on a crafty level, they could be used in similar ways to photo negatives and the like but as Karen is a Environment & Waste Management Officer at a university, I suspect she might have more than can easily be reused – so does anyone know if there are any ways to actually recycle them?

Any other slide-centric reuse suggestions?

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115 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle old photographic slides?”


  1. lora says:

    Hello!

    If anyone has any slides or old photograhs that they would like to send me, I’ll pay shipping. My email is loraofthelou@hotmail.com. I love to use for projects!

    Thanks,
    Lora

    • Dan Laut says:

      Lora,

      I have a document box full of old slides (professional photographer) from industrial/commercial shows.
      I’m in Falls Church, VA.
      I was on the verge of taking them to the landfill, but I’ll hold on to them awaiting your reply.

      Dan~

      • lora says:

        Hi Dan!

        I’ll take ‘em. What do you think shipping would be and do you have paypal to pay for the shipping?

        Thanks!

    • Donna says:

      Lora, I may have quite a lot of things for you, but I’d be interested in knowing what sorts of projects you do? soph_mini@yahoo.com. Thanks!

      Donna

    • Paul says:

      Hi lora I’m paul iv have at least 15000 slides from flowers to fungi trees insects wild life aircraft mountains 1970s 80s models female some dressed some not and many more subject hence these are not free babe they are £500.00 plus shipping there might be more than 15000 I would have to count them. They would be great for seminars or people into subject they can sell for 99p to. 1.25p a slide and they cover England Scotland and Wales and other countrys. If you know other people interested in these maybe club together. I will count them and find out shipping cost . These slide are boxed in small slide boxes and in trays around 10 inches long if they are taken out the weight could drop at least 10-15kg please reply if you are interested yes or no please. I live in Berkshire England uk

       

       

      • lora says:

        Hi Paul, thanks but I wouldn’t need quite that many. Just don’t want people to throw them away. Have a good one!

    • Melanie says:

      I have 300+ slides I like someone to have, can you still use them?

  2. NANCY SCHROEDER says:

    I have hundreds of travel slides that I would like to recycle.
    Let me know at nancyandudo@gmail.com
    Thanks, Nancy

  3. Gayle says:

    Hello,
    Anyone still looking for 35mm slides?
    I found many slides in grandparents cupboard – 100s. First batch (approx 200) is of flowers and birds. Don’t know what the others are yet.
    I’m in Perth Australia, but I’m sure the post can deliver anywhere!
    Can email me if interested: gaylewf1@gmail.com

  4. Jailee says:

    I can take slides off your hands! If you serious you can mail them to me.
    reply and we’ll figure a way to exchange information.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Hi All!
    I just came across this site and noticed many of you want to get rid of your slides.
    I will be HAPPY to take them off your hands. I can pay shipping if you would like through Paypal.
    Please contact me if you still have some to get rid of!
    Thank you!
    Jennifer
    (casablanca922@yahoo.com)

  6. Joanne says:

    We have boxes and boxes of travel slides from the 1950′s that we would like to dispose of and/or donate. Can I ask what you use them for?
    joannejohn33@hotmail.com

    • Deb Gomer says:

      I would love em, I make lamps cool art stuff.
      U could mail em Media Mail (way cheap) I will mail u check back ASAP.
      Thanks so much
      Deb

  7. David oyster says:

    I have hundreds if not thousands of dental slides oral medicine/oral surgery slides. Have fully retired and do not need. Local dental school does not want. At least 10 to 12 full one and a half inch binders. Do not wish to just dump in the trash or light on fire!!

    Please advise!!

  8. Jill says:

    Hi Friend of mine died..Has hundreds of slides. Mostly nature and wildlife.. Looking for suggestions what to do with..thx
    Jill from Fl

  9. Jez says:

    Hi Jill,

    I can make good use of them if you’re interested. I use them in art projects (inc. working with students etc.) & also i’m heavily involved with nature recording (photography & sound) so would be interested in getting them scanned & preserved.

    ta,

    Jez

  10. Claudia says:

    I have inherited many slides that my grandfather took, mostly of flowers, trees, landscapes, beaches, blue ridge parkway from the ’50′s and 60′s. He was a wonderful photographer and I hate to trash these. They are all meticulously labled with their content and date. I have removed ones with any sentimental value, but would like to have others use these if they can. He was based in Pennsylvania, but traveled to SC, Florida, Texas. Some from my mother from the ’40′s when she and my father were at Philadelphia General Hospital in school. Please contact me if you are interested at ncarolinacj@aol.com

  11. Deb Gomer says:

    I will take any and all slides anyone has!
    I make art stuff with em as I have run out ofy own,
    U can mail them Media Mail (way cheap) and I will mail u postage back.
    Thanks to all who have sent me some.
    Thanks deb
    Please alway recycle!

  12. Deb Gomer says:

    My email gomerfoto@yahoo.com
    I need slides please!
    Thanks and always Recycle!
    Deb

  13. Jennifer says:

    Hi!
    I have had many people from here contact me asking if I wanted slides and I resonded YES! But after the initial contact I have not heard back from anyone… If you are wanting to unload some, please let me know!
    Thanks!!
    Jennifer

  14. NB says:

    HI all,

    I have about 15 kilos worth of slides. I can pay for the shipping if someone is interested in having them.

    Thanks

    • Deb Gomer says:

      Yes I will take all slides, I make lamps & things out of em.
      Gomerfoto@ yahoo.com
      Deb Gomer
      48 W. Arcade St. Stockton, Ca 95204.
      Thanks and always recycle.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I would like to dispose of my slides. I have at least 800 slides. Where can I dispose of them in Gainesville Fl?

    Thanks,

    C

  16. John says:

    Hello All Photo Recyclers,
    I would be interested to hear from you if you wish to dispose of any sort of old photographs or not so old photographs.
    I would of course pay postage costs if you are within the U.K.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Contact me at recyjohn@greenmail.net

    Thanks John

  17. Cindy Morgan says:

    My in-laws have about 10 boxes of old travel slides. If you would like them for art projects please email me at crmorgan99@comcast.net

  18. Andrea says:

    Please would people give me details of what they actually use old slides for?
    I’ve been offered some (relating to work) and would love to use them, preferably for simple kids’ activities with a nature-related theme.
    Look forward to hearing from you!



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