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

  1. lora says:


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


    • Dan Laut says:


      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.


      • 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?


    • 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? Thanks!


    • 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?

    • Peggy says:

      Please contact me and put Old Slides in the subject.



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

  3. Gayle says:

    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:

  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!

  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?

    • 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

  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.



  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

  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
    I need slides please!
    Thanks and always Recycle!

  13. Jennifer says:

    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!

  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.


    • Deb Gomer says:

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

    • Lauren says:

      Hi, I realise your post about Photographic slides was quite a while ago now but was wondering if you still plan on getting rid of some as I would be very interested
      Lauren :)

  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?



  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

    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

  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!

  19. Mike says:

    I have a thousand slides left from
    a friend who passed away (92). Many are from
    Holland , some from Oregon/USA I find it a pity
    to just throwing them away. let me know if you can use them, maybe a good reason to visit the UK again ( London Warriors Baseball Team… 2 times national champs in the 80′s ! :)


  20. Lauren says:

    Hi, if just started collecting slides and was wondering if anyone was giving them away? I wouldn’t mind paying but I probably couldn’t give a lot because I’m only a student and have no job at the moment. I just discovered them when looking through my granddad’s old stuff and think they are really interesting and would be a waste to throw away so if anyone is getting rid of any then please contact me
    Lauren :)

  21. Laura says:

    I have become the family history storage holder and wondered if anyone wants old slides? I have so many!

    • Kevin says:

      If you still have those old slides, I would love them…..Just started collecting slides recently and have just fallen in love with them…

  22. Francene says:

    Are you still interested in slides? We have hundreds of my fathers old vacation slide.

  23. Teresa Redmon says:

    I am looking for slides of
    I’m painting murals.

    If you have any to dispose of, please contact me at

    • Hilary Audus says:

      I have 1,000′s of my father’s slides. He was a botanist , so lots of photos of flowers. Also many photos of trips in America, Jamaica, Russia Photos taken in the 50′s to 70′s. He was a good photographer and I’d hate to bin them. Are you still interested?

  24. Kevin says:

    Have just started collecting slides from thrift stores auction, where ever I can find them. I love looking through all the different places and people. If folks are looking to get rid of there old slides I am willing to help out.
    drop me a line….

    • Carol Trost says:

      Read the post from Carol November 6

    • jo says:

      Hi Kevin,
      still interested in slides? What do you do with them? I have about 30 carousel’s of travel slides from my parents.

    • Peggy says:

      Hi. Email me. Put Old Slides in subject line.

    • Elisabeth Goozee says:

      I have many slides which an old friend has taken over the years and who has sadly recently passed on. They are mixed holiday/general slides. Are you still interested in collecting them please?

      • kevin says:

        Hello Elisabeth

        I’d love you to gift them to me,please. I would pay the postage & package costs, if your able to post them to me.
        I’m in Derby, England.



  25. Carol Trost says:

    I have thousands of slides from an Aunt and Uncle who were professional photographers. Glass encased teaching slides as well as pics from the early space program and 1960 democratic convention. Free to anyone who pays the shipping.

  26. roger hargreaves says:

    These slides are all free to you, mostly taken in Africa. Delivering or posting them may be a problem, any ideas? We live in the North west of England UK

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Roger,

      I was wondering, do you still have those slides around? I’ve taken to collecting them to make art projects :)

      • Peggy Bagwell says:

        I have many slides to give you if you want them. Have been posting and posting and am ready to put them in our paper recycling if I do not hear back from someone out there. I do not want them to end up in a landfill!

        Sarah, this means you- and everyone else who has a hankering for old slides! Please, please get back to me.



  27. I have become the family history storage holder and wondered if anyone wants old slides? I have so many!

  28. Jennifer says:

    Kevin, Sarah or others -
    Have slides, will send. Willing to share postage as I am in the US; big fan of re-use. How do I contact you?

  29. kevin says:

    Hello Everyone.

    I’m still interested in any slides that people have to gift me.
    Will pay the costs of postage/package, can arrange this via email.


    Derby, England.

  30. Peggy Bagwell says:

    I wrote to as many of you as I could but did not hear back from anyone. So here is what I am doing: A few times a week, while watching the news or something that does not require intense concentration, I get a bunch of slides, pop out the film with my thumbs, throw the cardboard into recycling bin, and throw the film in the trash. Call me crazy but to me it is better than throwing the whole thing in the landfill. When I had earlier called our recycling place, they said that they could not accept them with the film in, which is why I chose to do it the way I did.

  31. Lynne says:

    Have professional travel slides from many places in the world that my great aunt collected on travels in the 1950-1970s. Have no use for these and would be happy to give to someone who can use them as it seems a shame to throw in the trash!

    • kevin says:

      Hi Lynne
      I’d be happy to give them a new home an lease of life.
      Will pay post & package to you if you will gift them to me,please.
      I’m in Derby, England.



  32. Debbie says:

    Hi everyone
    I have just found about 50-70 slides (the plastic ones you put in projectors) from my days at art school and from working in a photography gallery.

    I don’t want them anymore and would be happy to give them to someone who can use them as it seems a shame to throw in the trash! Let me know if they can be recycled for any art projects etc I’m based up near Manchester if anyone is local.


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