Yesterday Marcia and Ann, two lovely walking friends at the gym, asked me about how to manage their vast VHS and DVD collections. Marcia is ready to eliminate her collection; Ann would like to hold on to hers but store the majority of her media out of sight.
(5/11/16 - Here's a happy update for you! Marcia donated her 158 VHS tapes to the Goodwill in Centerville! Well done and good for you Marcia!)
Let's start with the easy storage solution. Purchase and/or look around your home and gather plastic, see through bins together. Sort and categorize the media collection (year, genre, family, travel, special events, movies, etc.) and store in labeled plastic bins to prevent unwanted rodent and/or moisture damage to the tapes.
Throwing away "techno trash" presents environmental challenges because the outer cases are made of recyclable plastics but the inner cases are made of plastic polyethylene mylar covered in toxic metals which make them nonrecyclable. Because of the toxic metal component, the metals will potentially contaminate landfill sites and surrounding water and soil so the techno trash is classified as "e-waste".
A Google search provides information for your consideration when you are donating, selling, recycling and/or trashing old VHS and DVDs. Here are several links that you may find useful.
Well summarized article about recycling VHS tapes!
Creative ideas for reusing your old VHS tapes!
Green Disk charges $9.95 for a 25 pound box with every additional pound over 25 pounds for 35 cents. This company offers a variety of pricing and shipping options for large and or small recycling techno trash recycling projects.
Goodwill centers will take DVDs and VCRs donations!
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To sell your media through Amazon, set up an account, ship all your merchandise to them where they will store it for you and ship it for you when it sells. You will receive payment when the transactions are complete.
Remember, if you need assistance and support with your family life, home and/or office organization, you are cordially invited to contact ...
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