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Micro: what can you do with unwanted VHS tapes?

Omar Gallaga

Ginger, a reader, asks, “What can be done with old VHS video tapes? I have between 75-100 old movies from when my son was young… Donating to a charity doesn’t seem to be appropriate since VHS players are not being made and are not popular. I don’t really want to transfer all these to DVDs, but I also hate to just throw them away. Any suggestions?”

Even though it may seem like video cassettes are far in the rear-view mirror, some people still collect them and some places with large movie collections never made the transition to DVD, a format which itself seems to be fading in favor of online streaming.

Goodwill Industries of Central Texas still accepts tapes as donations. VHS movies can be resold at Goodwill stores. Blank VHS tapes can be recycled. You really shouldn’t throw VHS tapes in the trash. Recycling services like GreenDisk (greendisk.com) can do the eco-friendly thing for you for a fee, starting at around $10 if you ship the tapes yourself.

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