Companies such as GreenCitizen in California offer recycling for old VHS tapes, and most accept tapes via mail. Devices such as a VHS to DVD Converter can transfer the video on the VHS tapes to a DVD or video file before recycling.
Another option for VHS tapes is donating them to Goodwill, Salvation Army or a local library. Although the technology is obsolete, there are still many people and institutions that use VCRs.
Originally produced by a Japanese company, JVC, VHS tapes made their first appearance in the United States in 1977. The tapes had the ability to record up to two hours of programming.