Can you recycle VHS tapes?

Update 2022 It would be wonderful if there was a way to recycle VHS tapes.  I have not been able to connect with Project Get Reel.  I don’t think they are in business.  If you need information about recycling and donating items ask your questions in the comments or contact me.

I first published this blog in May 2015.  I have been notified that Project Get Reel has received their e-waste license and is up and running.

VHS tapes are 80% recyclable but most end up in landfills.  It is a labour intensive job to dismantle the tapes into their component parts.  “Project Get Reel is giving people an environmentally safe way to dispose of tapes while providing employment to people who may face barriers to securing a job.”  They launched this business on April 9 ,2015.  View the video on this site to learn more about recycling VHS tapes. Watch for more news about this business trying to help the environment and provide sustainable employment for residents in Ontario Canada

pile of VHS tapes

Photo by Rob Pearce

Let me know some of the great places you take your donations and recycling to.

Julie Stobbe, professional organizerJulie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She has been working with clients since 2006 to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She uses her love of physical activity to reduce clutter, in your home and office. She guides and supports you to manage your time. If you’re in a difficult transition Julie can coach you to break-free of emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. Online courses are available to help instruct, coach and support your organizing projects. Get started by downloading Tips for Reorganizing 9 Rooms.

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  1. Julie,

    Thank you for sharing about Project Get Reel. We, finally receive our e-waste licence and is up and running.

    Please help us to share about this massive yet hidden plastic environment problem from our home area.

    • I can’t wait until they expand and make it easier to get CDs and VHS tapes to them for recycling. I think I will ask my electronic recycling company to partner with them. I will keep you posted.

  2. It is now September 2019. Is this outfit still running? I just discovered it but it says it’s a private site.

  3. On the website for Project Get Rell / RedPropeller it says they’re not accepting donations for now of recyclables, because they’re searching for a new building for their operations…have had boxes of VHS tapes sitting around for 20+ years now, guess just have to hold onto them awhile longer…

  4. Is Project Get Reel still around? When I click on the link all I get is a message stating that the site cannot be found.

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