Due to the toxic metals present in VHS tapes, a company that specializes in electronic waste recycling must dispose of them. Stanford Magazine recommends shipping unwanted VHS tapes to Alternative Community Training or finding a local e-waste recycling center through RecycleNation.com or Earth911.com.
VHS and Betamax tapes contain chromium and plastic polyethylene, which contaminate soil and groundwater, meaning that owners cannot throw the tapes in the trash. Many electronic waste recycling companies, such as those listed by Alternative Training Community and Earth911.com, allow consumers to ship under 30 pounds of VHS tapes for flat rates, usually under $10 as of 2015. To find a local recycling center that takes VHS tapes, visit RecycleNation.com. Enter the type of material to be recycled and the zip code to view a map of locations.