Go Green by Recycling VHS Tapes
Entertainment is a big industry around the world, especially in the United States. One of the most popular forms of entertainment in the world is the medium of film. Nothing captures the human condition like a well told cinematic story. One of the ways that many citizens of the world used to enjoy watching movies was through VHS tapes. These tapes were mostly used in the 80s and 90s and have become almost obsolete today. Although they are no longer being mass produced, many people still enjoy watching movies on these cassette tapes. Unfortunately, others who have decided to upgrade to new movie technology have decided to dump their VHS tapes into the trash rather than recycle them.
Why Recycle VHS Tapes?
Taking care of our environment is critical to the survival of many of the world’s ecosystems and the animal and plant life that call those systems home. When we carelessly dispose of these tapes, they usually end up in landfills as part of one of the big mounds of trash that just keeps piling up. Landfills are expanding and much of the trash that is being burned in landfills is polluting the air we breathe. Plastic used in the production of VHS tapes can be very harmful for the environment, especially if they are burned and toxic fumes get into the air. Throwing away these VHS tapes is also a waste of resources.
How VHS Tapes get Recycled
There are tons of companies and organizations that will take VHS tapes and recycle them. Some organizations remove the film from the tape and combine it with other materials to make items like handbags. Other organizations use the film and other parts of the tape to help create works of art that go in museums rather than cluttering up landfills.