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Tapes (audio and video)

casette tapes, video tapes, reel to reel tapes, 8 track tapes
Tapes (audio and video)

Audio cassette tapes and video tapes (such as VHS or Beta) have become obsolete with the fast pace of today's technological changes.  What do we do with them once we have updated to the latest media?

Video and audio tapes consist of a combination of materials which makes them tricky to recycle.  Good news!  Tapes are now included in the recently expanded electronics recycling program.  If you’re interested in how to reduce, reuse or recycle the outer cassette tape cases go to: Tape Casette Cases.

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

It’s now easy to purchase music online using iTunes or other websites.  This eliminates the need for tapes all together, which saves the world from stacks of plastic.  If burning music onto CDs, use envelopes to store them rather than thick cases.

Reuse

You'll find some other re-use ideas at: How to Dispose of Old Cassette Tapes

Recycle

As of July 1st, 2012, Tapes are accepted for recycling as part of the Return-It Electronics program.  This includes audio and video tapes, 8 track tapes and reel to reel tapes.  Go to depots for a list of free drop off locations.
Not all of the facilities listed below are part of the Product Stewardship program.  If they are not they may charge a recycling fee.

Note: Tapes and tape cases are not accepted in the curbside recycling program.

Facilities

  • A&P Disposal & Recycling

    6220 Marilyn Road
    Sooke
    250.642.4456

  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.
    Langford
    250.474.5145

  • Bottle Depot - Glanford

    4261 Glanford Avenue
    Saanich
    250.727.7480

  • Bottle Depot, Victoria - Queens

    655 Queens Avenue
    Victoria
    250.727.7480

  • Darryl's and James's Digs

    103 East Point Road
    Saturna Island
    250.539.3385

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue
    Victoria
    250.360.3030

  • Island Return It, Esquimalt

    935 Ellery Street
    Esquimalt
    250.381.1482

  • Island Return It, Sidney

    10025 Galaran Road
    Sidney
    250.655.4878

  • London Drugs

    All locations in the capital region

  • Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot

    349 Rainbow Road
    Salt Spring Island
    250.537.1200

  • Salvation Army - Brentwood

    7177 West Saanich Rd
    Brentwood Bay
    250.652.4622

  • Salvation Army - Cedar Hill Cross

    1551 Cedar Hill Cross Road
    Victoria BC
    250.382.3714

  • Salvation Army - Hillside

    990 Hillside Ave
    Victoria
    250.380.7717

  • Salvation Army - Langford

    777 Goldstream Ave
    Victoria
    250.478.6933

  • Salvation Army - Vanalman

    765 Vanalman Avenue
    Victoria
    250.727.2293

  • Salvation Army - Victoria

    525 Johnson Street
    Victoria
    250.384.3755

  • Salvation Army - View Royal

    307 Island Highway
    Victoria
    250.708.0520

  • Sooke Disposal Ltd.

    No drop off depot.
    Sooke
    250.642.3646

  • The Environmental Story

    The outer protective cases are often made of Polystyrene.  Polystyrene is made using benzene, a known human carcinogen. Benzene is released into the air if the polystyrene is burned.  Polystyrene makes up a significant part of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a slowly rotating collection of plastic in the centre of the North Pacific Ocean Gyre. There are 3.3 million pieces of plastic per square kilometre in the garbage patch. Over 8 billion kilograms of plastic ends up in our oceans each year, much of it polystyrene. These plastics don’t biodegrade, but rather break into increasingly smaller pieces, which can cause harm or death to sea birds, fish, turtles and other marine life. Using as little polystyrene as possible, and recycling what you do acquire in a responsible manner, is one of the best things you can do for the health of our marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

    Did You Know?

    E Stewards

    The Basel Action Network is an organization dedicated to upholding the Basel Convention, which bans the export of hazardous waste to developing countries. BAN has developed an independently accredited list of e-Stewards, leading North American electronics recyclers who uphold the highest standard of environmental and social responsibility. By using an e-Steward, you can be assured your computer parts are being recycled in a responsible manner.