Advice about recycling unwanted videos

From time to time we all end up with unwanted items like video cassettes and DVDs which we will need to get rid of.  

Of course the best possible outcome is if you can help a local charity by donating good quality items which can be resold in the local community.  However I recommend you check locally because increasingly these items are very hard to sell second hand and some charity shops are turning them away.

Another option is that there is also containers provided by Veolia at the Councils Household Recycling Centre across the county.  You can recycle videos, CD’s, DVD’s, books and toys at these sites.  Again though really these are for items which are good enough quality to be re-used – they don’t really want scratched up CD’s or home videos - so sadly most end up in landfill these days.

I have however been able to find a company who will recycle them.  Environmental Media Solutions (based in Bristol) will accept a range of recordable media for recycling, including VHS, Betamax, Audio Cassettes, Floppy Disk, CD, DVD and games. There is no limit to the amount you can send but you will need to pay for the postage and packing.

Reminder - another important consideration is that for some recordings which you may need to consider data security issues e.g. for computer discs or hard-drives or commercially sensitive data – if you want to keep them secure then you should use a professional shredding company.  Be sure to check they conform to the British and European Standard BS EN 15713 for security.  These generally mean the items cannot be recycled but will be securely shredded and then disposed of. 


James Thompson James Thompson

Waste Prevention Officer, Waste Management, Shropshire Council

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