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.


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

  1. Helen says:

    I have some Disney videos which I no longer need. Anyone interested?

    • Jacqueline Verson says:

      Would love tthem please, I only watch videos.
      Kind regards

      • Lesley Prince says:

        I have lots of VHS tapes, some Disney some movies and some Xmas. Would you be interested?

      • Cath Strasburg says:

        May 27, 17 Jacqui Do you live near Fairfax or Arlington Virginia USA. I have over 1000 VHS tapes with various TV shows & movies (family type generally). Let me know how close you are. In a few days they will be GONE — down with the house.

  2. Have quite a few tapes but charity only take CDs. Old filmes on them.

  3. Rosalinda Cordova says:

    I have a box full of VHS’s that I would like to donate. Please let me know if anyone would like them. Thanks.

    • Eve Scott says:

      I work for St Andrew’s Hospice Book Shop. We need empty vhs cases to use as dividers on shelves. March 2017

      • Carolyn says:

        We have up to a 100 empty clear VHS cases and at least 50 of the black ones. Please advise if you still need these and where and how we could get them to you?

    • Jacqueline Verson says:

      I only have a video machine and no tv, all I watch is videos, would love to take them off your hands.
      Kind regards

      • Ayesha Sidney says:

        Hi Jacqui,

        I have 10 VHS video tapes, 9 pre recorded and one I have recorded programmes onto. Email me if you’re interested, with your location. If we’re near enough, could get them to you sometime.


      • Ann Jones says:

        Have quite a few Video’s – what are you looking for ?

      • Nia Ball says:

        I have loads of videos if you would like.

      • Anonymous says:

        Where do you live I have quite a few films ectopic that you can have I just hate throwing them away. Pam.

    • Jacqueline Verson says:

      I would love to have them. All I watch is videos (no tv).
      Kind regards

      • Fiona ball says:

        Hi I have various cartoon, rugrats, etc vhs tapes to give away and saw yr e-mail, but how to you watch them if u have no tv?

  4. Cheryl says:

    We have 20-30 old video tapes if anyone wants them – location Southampton

    • Carol says:

      Dear Cheryl, can I ask what kind of videotapes they are? I am especially interested in foreign films on videotape.

      • Susie Margoles says:

        Hi Carol
        I have quite a few foreign films on videotape if you are interested?
        Black cat white cat –Eric Kusturica
        La dolce vita
        An autumns tale
        La haine
        Monon des sources
        Rendez-vous in Paris

        Please let me know, I am based in SW15. I hope to get rid of these in the next week.

      • Gail Garinger says:

        I have a lot of foreign films on videotape. I got then when a Blockbuster store near me closed several years ago. Are you still interested? If so, are they for personal use or do you try to sell them? Thanks.

      • irene says:

        Hi Carol,
        I see you’re interested in foreign films on videocassette. I have a number of them if you are interested. They are free, of course!
        Life is Beautiful (La vita e bella)
        Taxi 2 (French)
        East of Eden ( in Spanish with James Dean)
        Jamon Jamon (Spanish by Bigas Luna with Pe Cruz and Javier Bardem)
        All about my mother (Spanish Almodovar)
        The Brotherhood of the Wolf (French with Vincent Cassel)
        Le Bossu (The Hunchback/French with Daniel Auteuil)
        Les Mierables (French with Jean-Paul Belmondo)
        Ridicule (French)
        Comedie de l’Innocence (French)
        Beau Travail
        Teh Flower of My Secret (Spanish Almodovar)
        Matador (Spanish Almodovar)
        Y tu mama, tambien (Spanish)
        Land and Freedom (Spanish and English)
        Ay Carmela (Spanish Carlos Saura)
        El Norte (Spanish)
        Belle Epoque (Spanish)
        Ridicule (French with Fanny Ardant)
        Comedie de l’Innocence (French with Isabelle Huppe(

  5. Leoni Ohara says:

    Hi my names Leoni my nans moving in a week and has about 50 videos that need collecting x can any one help plz x

  6. Sue says:

    Age UK take video cassettes!

  7. debbie says:

    Hi my names Debbie, I have over 150 video tapes (about 50 are Disney / children’s). Free to anyone who can collect from the Amersham area.

  8. debbie says:

    Hi Ben
    No sorry. The tapes are all original recordings.
    Kind regards Debbie

  9. Kathleen Stapley says:

    I Have quite a lot of video cassettes that I want to rehome. They are from various TV series Such as The Champions Star Trek Enterprise, The Proffesionals and many films can anyone give them a good home.

    • Jacqueline Verson says:

      I would love to give them a home, I only watch videos. (No tv)
      I live in Chard, Somerset.
      Kind regards

      • Emma says:

        Hi Jacqui are you still looking for videos? I’m based in London but can get them posted to you if you’re interested?


  10. Madeleine Parnwell says:

    i have 4 large bags of shop VHS tapes. Mostly children’s but few comedy. Anybody want them.

    • john says:

      Can I request that those who wish to dispose of their Video tapes etc
      to give a rough location of where thry live
      Here in Bristol I visted a old video tape film store in Christmas steps in Central Bristol.
      I asked him if he was after thing special,he said no.
      Having said that I am after Pride and the passion Frank Sinatra Cary Grant and sophia Loren also
      There was a crooked man Norman wisdom film from 1960,NOT the 1970 film of the same name.
      on Video or DVD pre-recorded or taped off telly
      Also any football league action (MOTD or Big Match) taped off the telly older the better
      FinallyI know we all want video tapes to be used for the purpose intended,but even I have to concede that video should be disposed in the rigid plastic recycling facilities if your local council does recycle video tapes.

      • Carol says:

        Hi John
        I am near Bristol and a friend of mine has a load of tapes to get rid of…….are you saying the shop in Christmas Steps will take them off her hands? Thanks.

  11. Robin says:

    I have about 60 old VHS tapes, full of recorded television programmes from the last 20 or so years, most of which I think could be reused.
    I live in Brockdish Norfolk, if anyone can make use of them please contact

  12. Marilyn Stegall says:

    I have found that the vcr tapes work great in the garden to tie up vines and especially tomatoes as they stretch and will not cut the vine. I use them every summer without the worry of having to save them as I have oodles.

  13. Kirstie Noutch says:

    I’ve just found this thread, I work for a charity in Bradford which supports adults with learning disabilities. We have a person we support who enjoys playing with VHS tapes. We can collect from the Bradford/Keighley/Shipley (West Yorkshire) and surrounding areas if anybody has any going spare? Please feel free to email me at

    Many thanks.

  14. Jenifer Vinell says:

    I have lots of shop-bought VHS tapes including:
    . . . music:
    Take That x6
    New Kids on the Block
    Robbie Williams
    . . . plus
    Shooting Stars
    Junior Survival – The Quick Brown Fox
    . . . and films:
    A Perfect Murder
    The Bodyguard
    The Devil’s Own
    Enemy of the State
    There’s Something About Mary

    Any takers? Can be collected from Tunbridge Wells or London E6 (or anywhere in between).

    Email: spidertextiles @ (no gaps)

  15. Lisa says:

    Mixture of films and comedy, around 75-100, located in Northampton.

  16. Laura GAVSHON says:

    I have a collection of children’s vcr tapes. any takers

  17. Rob says:

    If anyone has any old used recordable vhs tapes they want to offload in the Cambridge area, please let me know. Cheers, Rob

  18. john says:

    Still looking for football tapes Match of the Day big Match taped off the telly.
    Prompt collection,if you live in the U.K.

  19. looking for vhs tapes would like the old black & white movies,james cagney, hum bogart, peter lorre, sidney greenstreet, basil rathbone, central london , can collect

  20. Bel says:

    I have lots of VCR tapes, both movies and recordable ones with old soap episodes, Childrens TV programmes and movies. I’m based in Epsom, Surrey and hoping to have these moved in the next day or so if anyone is interested?

  21. Rob says:

    Bel, I’d be interested in the recordable tapes if you’d be prepared to post them. Obviously I’d cover the postage cost.
    Thanks, Rob

    • Peter Kemp says:

      I have about 200 old VHS tapes of various things I recorded at home off the television over a good number of years (ie not commercially produced) that will go to landfill in the absence of any free or reasonably priced recycling scheme.

      I’m currently downsizing and de-cluttering and have already recycled the card slip cases but if you want the tapes, I’m relatively close in Chelmsford, just a quick drive up the M11 and I would be happy to deliver them to get them out of my garage where they have been stored for some years now.

  22. Rob says:

    Peter, my partner thinks I’m mad, but I’ll take them. :-) Will happily cover your fuel costs from Chelmsford. Could you drop me an email: r[underscore] Cox hill @ yah oo. Co. UK (without any spaces).
    Thanks, Rob

  23. john says:

    Any football taped off the telly.I’ll make my from Bristol if their is any football tapes

  24. Grace says:


    I have tons of Star Trek (Original, The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager and movies) video tapes if anyone is interested? All store bought and in excellent condition. I’m based in London.


  25. Milly says:


    I have about 50 movie tapes. Mix of genres (art house, thriller, drama, horror). All shop bought. Anyone interested? I live in London.

  26. john says:

    Carol from Bristol srea,the shop in Christmas steps does not take video tapes any more.
    The only option in the Bristol area is the recycling yard at St philips causway.

  27. Lee says:

    I am particularly interested in old vhs tapes with Aussie soaps (from the 80s but broadcast in UK in the 90s) recorded on them.

    I’m also interested in the adverts and promos from that time

    It’s the stuff taped off TV I’m interested in rather than pre recorded tapes.

    Of most interest is Richmond Hill and Home and Away.

    email address (take out the spaces) sasf ootbig quatch @ gmail. Com

  28. Pat sutton says:

    Most of the video tapes I have (approx 150) are tapes which we recorded ourselves from tv. If you are interested please email me.

    • Rob says:

      Hi Pat, I’d like to come and collect your tapes. Please drop me an email: r[underscore] cox hill [at] yahoo dot co dot UK


  29. Penny says:

    I have a full set of Morse VHS tapes if anyone is interested. (in Dorset)

  30. Kirstie Noutch says:

    Hi to Kirstie Noutch,

    I have some vhs video tapes if you would like them for your charity, I could drop them off to you in the new year.
    Please let me know if your interested and where I can contact you to arrange a drop.

    Many thanks

    • Hi there,
      That would be brilliant, could we message through emails please, I could arrange collection so that you don’t have to go out of your way. Thank you ever so much,

  31. Vanessa says:

    Have a couple of hundred vhs videos, mixture of old classic films and more modern.
    Free to anyone who can collect this side of Xmas from Margate in Kent .

  32. Julie says:

    I have 22 vhs tapes that my late Father used to use to record programmes from the T.V. Lots of episodes of Emmerdale ! Bless. Anyone want these tapes?

    • Ben says:

      Hi Julie
      Do any of the tapes have any children’s/ comedy programmes too? If so I’ll be interested! Please email me at zzzapcrazy123 @

  33. Hi

    We’re not interested in video tapes bought in the shop, but we are interested in tapes recorded from TV, if they are 20+ years old. Any format, doesn’t have to be VHS. Drop us a line if your father or grandfather left a load of tapes in the loft and you want them to go to a good home.

  34. Chrissy says:

    I have a number of Friends,Disney and few other vidio tapes that anyone is welcome to have if they are interested?I live in the south Wiltshire area.

  35. Sonia Pritchard says:

    Hi there,
    I have almost 200 VHS shop brought video tapes that need a new home!
    Tonnes of chick flicks, kids movies (no Disney as I’m keeping them)TV series, thrillers, comedy’s, dramas!
    I’m in Marston Moretaine Which is a village between Milton Keynesans Bedford if anyone wants?

  36. Moggy says:

    I have two large boxes of video tapes, some are commercially recorded and others are stuff I recorded from the TV. I’m in Framlingham in Suffolk and have advertised them already on Freecycle but so far no takers, would anyone like these?

  37. Ruth Evans says:

    I have ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ – filmed at Glyndebourne. And a video of Hamlet with Laurence Olivier. I would be very happy to send them to anyone – feel terrible about throwing them away!

  38. Cathy says:

    free VCR and some Disney tapes …. anyone?

  39. Cathy says:

    free VCR and tapes

  40. Ako Allan says:

    Hello, Please I got the following question to ask: For those who have video tapes to give out, what is their view about the future of the video tapes they give out? Are they worried about the future handling of the video tapes by the new owner or they just don’t care what purpose it could be used for, provided the video tapes are taken away? In order words, does it matter if a receiver takes the tapes to condemn as a tool to fill holds in a house under construction or to use in education and occupying children?

  41. dennis says:

    Hi i am looking for old ex rental big box video tapes, i am looking in the west Yorkshire Leeds area

  42. Mr C.J.D. Hart says:

    I have a TDK-HS video-cassette. It currently has Philadelphia (1993), Candyman (1992) and a Martial Law episode on it or you can re-use it if you prefer.

  43. Alison Smith says:

    Bus load of children’s videos… including typical Disney collection from 15-25 years ago. Looking to off load and feel awful about taking all that plastic to the tip. In Newcastle-under-Lyme/Stoke-on-Trent area and will deliver within 20 miles if any interest.

  44. jonathan b says:

    i have 100 music cassettes any one in london want the theyc must collect from me in Parsons Green thanks pop rock and classical first come first served varying quality thanks john

  45. Anonymous says:

    After a bit of searching, I’ve discovered the local Goodwill collects a d recycles VHS tapes. A welcome discovery!

    • Bethy says:

      Hello, Goodwill, ? What type of centre is this and location, I first thought churches or local shelters, please explain.

  46. Bethy says:

    Hello, we all seem to have loads of commercial videos, Are local libraries or community help the home bound interested.?
    I have box sets and BBC Series, Comedy and History and war films and the classics I.E Bond.
    I’m in Mid-Wales/Shropshire boarders.
    WANTED:) would be easier for Collectors.

  47. Karina says:

    Hi I am moving house and I have about 100 videos mainly kids (tweenies, Bob the builder, noddy, disney films plus loads more) and some films if anyone interested please feel free to come and collect from Nottingham.

  48. Emma says:

    Hi there,

    I’ve got a a small box of 30-40 video tapes if anyone is interested. mix of 80s cartoons and films, including a few classic Hollywood.

    I’m based in London SW2

  49. Nia Ball says:

    I have loads of video tapes lots of them childrens videos including Disney. Also have welsh ones including Sali Mali and Jini Me. Happy to give them to whoever just as long as I have a bit for the posting. 29 in total. If you could just find use for the inside of them thats fine also. If I make a profit the money will go towards my favourite charity Bryn y Maen RSPCA.

    If you would like a full list of the videos I have available. Please reply on this.

    • Nia Ball says:

      Does anyone know of a recycling firm or a charity or organisation that would happily take them. Prefer to give them to good use rather than toss them.

  50. Patrick says:

    Hello all,

    I’ve got around 25 VHS tapes to give away, mostly De Niro and Pacino movies, plus a few others like The Green Mile, LoTR and Blues Brothers. Hoping to send these to a good home, rather than to the bin.

    Based in N. Ireland, I will happily post these to the Mainland. My email is patrick [dot] tumilty [at] gmail [dot] com – please shoot me a message if you are interested.

    And for those of you who have been researching the recycling company EMS in Bristol, they are no longer operating. However, one of its former employees is still collecting VHS tapes from individuals, and then sending bulk quantities (minimum one tonne) on to waste-to-energy processors.



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