Recycling for Charity: video tapes and boxes

This page lists charities and other organisations collecting old VHS video tapes and related items like plastic boxes.

If any details are incorrect or you know of any other groups collecting them, please leave a comment below and I’ll update the listings.

Who wants it Why Country Contact details
No one at the moment, boo.

 

203 Responses to “Recycling for Charity: video tapes and boxes”


  1. Sue Morgan says:

    I have a lot of video tapes which I no longer want but don’t want to put in a landfill site. Please let me know if you want them.

  2. Bob the Builder says:

    I’m currently building a new house but have a huge holein the ground where I need to lay the foundation.If anyone has tapes they wouldlike todonate I could use them to fill the hole in the land.

    Thanks

  3. Lesley Phillips says:

    We have a lot of video tapes that need go, anyone know of a way to recycle them or where in the swansea area I could take them.

  4. Mrs McDonald says:

    I have some video tapes that I want to get rid of, but don’t want to just chuck them in the refuge collection. There has to be someone out there that can put them to good use. Most people have DVDs and have no use for videotapes.

    Many thanks

    • TIM EVERETT says:

      Tapes UK Ltd is a company based in bristol and will take all your scrap VHS, DVD/CD.

      We have machines that will dismantal the tape, we then seporate all the different parts, ie: plastic shell, magnetic tape and metal components, then each material will go off to other companies around the world to be recycled. Nothing will go to land fill.

      • Abi says:

        is there a cost to this? if so how much?

      • TIM EVERETT says:

        THERE IS NOT A COST IF YOU SEND IN YOUR WASTE VHS,CD,DVD, HOWEVER IF YOU REQUIRE A COLLECTION THERE WILL BE A COST OF 30P PER KILO OR £30.00 MINIMUM COLLECTION FEE.

      • cathy says:

        I have alot of old 8mm film, do they take that also? i see you gave a company name for proper disposal may i have the address? i also have lots of vhs

      • Sue kippax says:

        Do you have any where in Cornwall that i can take my un-wanted videos to.Have reather alot to send in the post.

        Sue

  5. EMMA PEARSON says:

    HI, I HAVE A CLIENT OF MINE WHO’S HOUSE I AM REFUSBIHSING AND WHO HAS BOXES AND BOXES OF VHS VIDEO TAPES AND WOULD LIKE TO GET RID OF THE RESPONSIBILY AND NOT SEND THEM TO A TIP, DOES ANYWAY HAVE ANY IDEAS OF A COMPANY WHO WILL COME AND COLLECT THEM AND ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING WITH THEM RATHER THAN DUMP THEM. LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING NEWS
    KIND REGARDS
    EMMA PEARSON
    EMMA@EMMAPEARSONDESIGN.COM

    • Anonymous says:

      please forward any info i have quite a few that would be use or shoud be of use to i dont know day care centres homeless centers there is nothing wrong with them and hundreds of films must be of use to some organisation surly. i really hate that we live in such a throw away society when we need ever resorse to keep the next generation going or am i the only one who thinks llike this please anyone like minded HELP!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Jenny Manders says:

        Where are you from? In need of childrens tapes…
        Let me here from you…
        Thanks, Jenny

      • Emma Donlon says:

        Message for Jenny Manders – I have a sack full of children’s videos that I’m looking to donate somewhere. I’m in Kent if you’re interested.

  6. Angela Levene says:

    I have over 100 used video tapes does anyone want them and can they be recycled?

    angelaleven@onetel.com

  7. Sandra Turnbull says:

    I have a friend moving house and has at least 100 used video tapes. Can anybody make use of?

  8. lynne says:

    I would like to get rid of my video tapes as I can not watch the films anymore can you help lynne

  9. lynne says:

    i would like to get rid of my video tapes as I dont kneed them any more

  10. TIM EVERETT says:

    ANYONE WANTING TO GET RID OF ALL YOUR VHS TAPES JUST GO ON LINE AND CONTACT ENVIRONMENTAL MEDIA SOLUTIONS, THERE YOU WILL FIND ALL THE INFORMATION TO RECYCLE YOUR TAPES.

  11. Anonymous says:

    does any one know where to send tapes of VHS titles like kids, telly tubbies, winnie the pooh, etc

  12. Steven Sacks says:

    I have about 100 VHS tapes on which my mother recorded about three movies each (most from the 1940s and 1950s) between 1982 and her death in 1997. I don’t want to discard them, but donate them but do not know which nursing homes and other institutions in my area still show movies on VCRs-I live in Bergen County, NJ. Some places I checked don’t have VCRs. Is there any way of finding out places that still do, aside from calling every place?

  13. Untapped Resource is a not for profit recycling company based in Mansfield in Notts. We work with long term unemployed people to provide work placements and help them to get into work.

    We recycle VHS videos by dismantling them and recycling the parts.
    If you would like to keep the recyclin in this country an d provise work for people in this country send us your tapes.
    We collect large quantities from places in Notts and Derby but will chagrge for small quantities. You can bring them to us at no cost.

    untappedresource@live.co.uk

  14. Steve Clements says:

    ** PLEASE NOTE – Environmental Media Solutions mentioned above are based in Bristol UK and your VHS video tapes have to be posted to them at your own cost. They accept a maximum of 100 tapes, any more than this and they will charge you for recycling them.
    This is just for your information and correct per their website 11Oct2011 **

  15. vreilly@hotmail.com says:

    Is there a charity in central London which accepts videos and tape cassettes?

  16. i’ m looking to give away 10-gaylox of video tapes i just don’t want to put on the down fill if you are interested contact as at (323)264-6045 or reply to our e-mail

    thanks, mario

  17. Alex Symons says:

    Still hoping that someone wants my old video cassettes. Either someone who still has a video recorder or a charity who can make a profit from them. I live just outside Southampton.
    lex

  18. jstone says:

    a woman asked for vcr tape machine on freecycle about a month ago, so I gave her one of mine being that I have several. Now I downsizing my vhs collection and will offer them on freecycle also. I have kids videos and those are going to my library that still rents out vhs tapes.

    There are people/places that still want them.

    • Jeanette says:

      i have hundreds of walt disney, Batman and various other childrens movies, also a few family movies and various other films. would you like them as I dont want to tip them. i would rather they went for proper recycling but dont seem to know of anywhere. im in the Manchester area so whoever wants them will have to collect. if you or anyone you know can take these i will be more than happy. thank you

      • Jenny Manders says:

        Would love to have the kids movies…just watch movies vhs
        Please get back with me…
        Thanks Jenny

  19. David R says:

    I live in Coventry and i’m a big collector of any pre recorded video films released prior to 1984. If anyone has any of these, released by such companies as Intervision, Go Video, VFP, VIP, Hokushin, Vampix, Cinehollywood, Videomedia, Merlin, Videospace, Brent Walker, and many many others, i would be very interested in them.

    I’m more than happy to pick up around the Coventry, Nuneaton area.

    Thanks.

    • David Whitehouse says:

      We have huge quantitities of VHS films at our Household Waste Recycling Centre Reuse Shops. Typically 5 or 6 for £1. Nearest big shop to Coventry is Princes Drive in Leamington Spa.

  20. Paul C says:

    I have whole collections of Star Trek Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, some seasons are in collectors boxes. I’m giving them away and I would prefer not to break these collections up.

    Also a number of VHS Dr Whos and an assortment of films. Anyone interested? Can’t deliver as I don’t have car.
    Thanks.

  21. Alex Symons says:

    Today I am pleased to say that a local British Heart Foundation charity shop took all my videos. The young assistant was extremely helpful and I hope they are able to make some money for their research.

  22. Olia says:

    Use tape as string to hang banners.

    • ali says:

      just be careful not to handle without gloves; cobalt powder and other toxic chemicals are shed from the tape.

  23. carol says:

    i have some video tape i no longer need does anyone out there want them but you must collect

    • Jenny Manders says:

      collect old westerns and needs kids movies.where are you from….
      please get back.
      Thanks,Jenny

      • Anonymous says:

        Jenny

        I have got a box full of Simpsons, Only Fools and Bean and others are you interested. Near Maidstone Kent.

        Jane

  24. francis staple says:

    i have over 5000 vhs video films to get rid of please reply to mobileis07413531696 if u interested taken them, all thanks

  25. TIM EVERETT says:

    Francis, we have tried to contact you on your mobile no 07413531696
    but with no response. please email me direct and we will see what we can do. can you let me know where in the country you are and how the tapes are boxed.I can then pass your details onto our disposal department to contact you with cost and arrangments.

    kind regards

    Tim.

  26. ANTHONY HAYES says:

    THE REALITY IS THAT NO ONE WANTS THE THINGS.
    THE “CHARITY” IN BRISTOL IS A RIP OFF. NONE OF THE CHARITY SHOPS , EVEN THOSE MENTIONED ON THIS SITE WILL TAKE THEM.
    IF THEY WERE ANY USE AT ALL YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL RECYCLING CENTRE WOULD HAVE A FACILITY FOR THEM – THEY DON’T !
    CHUCK ‘EM IN YOUR DUSTBIN AND FORGET ABOUT THEM

    REALIST – ANTHONY HAYES

    • ali says:

      Our local RSPCA takes them, especially kiddies films, and today’s Wright Stuff Show’s researchers found 60% of UK homes still have a vcr. As for ‘dumping’ them in the bin – this is irresponsible and if your council does not offer a solution then campaign to get something done! the planet can do without these toxic products leeching into the water table!!

      • Simon says:

        Hi – we have circa 80 childrens videos – disney/cartoons etc; can’t find any charity locally (cheshire) who will take them – which RSPCA centre is it – I’ll send them

  27. Susie Barwick says:

    I have 2 video recorders and loads of tapes, mostly for children – surely there is somewhere in Africa (with electricity) that can take these for children who never see anything! Who is out there or should we somehow all get together and ship them out!

    • Dan says:

      I agree with you Susie that’s what I thought would be a good idea,just because we are all switching to dvd/bluray somewhere in 3rd world they are prob not. Really the movie companies should provide a collection service from retail when a new format comes out. Be the responsible thing to do, CD’s prob be next to go. Best bet I think is to get media involved and then could ship thousands of VHS tapes over to africa prob along with a bunch of VHS movies and make their day!

  28. Sharon R says:

    I live in Coventry, downsizing and desperately need to get rid of about 20 – 30 video tapes. Does anyone want them? Do as you wish with them. I just don’t want to add them to the local landfill, much rather them go to a recycling facility/charity any advice or suggestions would be very welcome.

  29. mary says:

    I too have lots of children’s videos. I am going to ring around some
    children’s homes in Manchester, but I guess they also have upgraded to DVD. It is so sad that they will all go to waste as originally they cost so much.

    Mary.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Been in contact with several organisations and seems except charity shops nothing except recycling available.EMS http://www.ems-europe.co.uk/vhs_recycling.php?gclid=CMX5wq7B8K8CFUsMtAodbH9TVA
    If your council provide the service be best bet of disposal although sahme about not being able to be used better.

  31. rosie says:

    I have quite a few videos too, mainly Morse & 1st/2nd World War. Tried Freecycle in my area but no response. Charity shops aren’t interested even though some of mine are not available on dvd, at least not on Amazon. Any ideas welcome.

  32. Mark says:

    I had a load of old VHS tapes and found a company called Environmental Media Solutions who recycle VHS. If you are interested their website is http://www.ems-europe.co.uk

  33. shanksy says:

    i have about 300 vidios some are boxed sets i need to get rid of them as soon as possible my son used to collect them now he has no use for them any ideas

  34. Martin says:

    less and less charity shops are taking VHS videos they are not selling, and a lot of other charity shops take them and may only put a few on the shelves, the rest go in the bins at the back of the shop, which end up in landfill anyway, they can’t afford to send them to any re-cycling companies , I know this as I help out at a couple of shops. There should have been a government initiative to sort this, think of the millions if not billions of videos going into landfill, it’s horrifying!

  35. Max says:

    If anyone has any old video tapes(vhs or beta) in the Leeds or surrounding area I would be happy to take them off your hands, I am using old tapes to make furniture/art.

    Email m.procter666@ntlworld.com

    • Naomi says:

      Hi, I am in Harrogate and have quite a lot of videos that we no longer use. If you are interested, please let me know.
      mobile 07795 954947

  36. louise stephenson says:

    I have lots of V.H.S video n most DVD don’t longer needed and Let me know when You wants them then I get a sorting many thanks.

  37. Frances Cookman says:

    Have old video tapes to get rid of, mostly Star Trek & some old & kids films. Is anyone interested? we are near Dartford, Kent.

  38. Sue Barnes says:

    Jenny Manders says:
    November 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm
    Would love to have the kids movies…just watch movies vhs
    Please get back with me…
    Thanks Jenny

    Jenny,
    I have some children’s and other videos we no longer need and would love to keep them out of landfill.
    E-mail me if you are still looking and I can send you a list of what I have.
    soprano_sue@hotmail.com
    I am based in Surrey.
    Sue

  39. Michael says:

    Unlike most people, I’ve never stopped watching and recording on video tape even though I have a DVD player and many DVDs, but I’m lucky that I have a big room to store them in. Recently I’ve been posting wanted ads on freecycle for used video tapes as I love finding programs and films that you can’t get anywhere else. I’m a huge film fan and so far I’ve seen lots of films for free that just aren’t shown on TV anymore. I only wish I’d thought of it before so many people got rid of them. My dream is to find someone with a huge collection of old, slightly obscure movies (1920s-80s) and old documentaries (Arena, Imagine, Storyville, South Bank, Scene by Scene) who wants rid of them. I would even pay something for them! I’m not as interested in prerecorded videos unless they’re fairly obscure or rare. If anyone has a big collection and would like to past it on, I live in the Tyne valley. My email is shouldabroughtasweater@ymail.com. Thanks

    • Philip Matthews says:

      Hi, are you still interested in VHS cassettes? I’ve got a load that might suit you, lots of old documentaries and films, though not particularly well labelled I must admit. Were abouts are you?
      Best wishes
      Philip

    • heidi reed says:

      are you still interested in videos?
      i have only 1
      it’s a recording of Antonia’s Line
      dutch film with subtitles
      i love the film
      you can find info online
      v happy to send it to you/no cost to you

  40. C.MCATEER@HOTMAIL.COM says:

    ACT at West Bromwich is moving but will be keeping the same telephone number. Call them next week (w/c 3 Dec 12) to check about disposing of video tapes.

  41. micky says:

    Boxes and boxes of videos. All boxes are mixed. Let me know if u want them plz or if you know of somewhere that will take them plz. Im in the tw area many thanks x

  42. Cosmic Tramp says:

    Am interested in any UFO /Alien Documentary VHS videos
    (Not Sci-Fi) to build up my archive. Any donations will be given a good home for life study. Many thanks.

  43. Kate says:

    I have about 30 video tapes. Some are pre-recorded (mainly children’s films). Others are blank or recorded from the TV. I am in Warwickshire and don’t want to send these for landfill. Does anyone want them….. Please.

    Kate

  44. CAREY says:

    CHECK YOUR PAWN SHOPS. THEY MAY STILL TAKE THEM FOR ABOUT .05 -.10 EA… IF YOUR LUCKY

  45. Karen says:

    Oxfam took my old VHS tapes just today. I was told they would recycle them.

  46. Sheila says:

    YMCA charity shop in Chelmsley Wood took my pre-recorded VHS tapes. They didn’t want the ones that have home movies on, or recordings off the TV.

  47. Audrey Brown says:

    Is there anyone in the Thanet, Canterbury or Ashford area who could recycle or would take 200+ video tapes with TV recordings on? I’d like to dispose of them environmetally and not put them in the bin.

  48. Sue says:

    You’ll have a problem. Try a few at a time at local charity shops. It’s more difficult if they’re not pre-recorded.

  49. Kazilla says:

    I live in Somerset does anyone know where I can take my VHS videos. Many Disney and other titles. British heart foundation would not take them.

  50. Anonymous says:

    I have about 200 videos to give away with many various themes – Charlie Chaplin, Best of Ed Sullivan,, Biographies, Israel, Christian-Jewish relations,, Helen Hayes, Jackie Mason, Bob Hope, Liberace, National Geographic, Coney Island, Russian Dancers, Irving Berlin, Wall St., and many, many other titles too numerous to list. I live in Hamden, CT. ediechai@gmail.com
    Edie



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