Have you got video tapes that you’ve been hanging onto for years, hoping you’ll find an enthusiast who will enjoy watching them and take them off your hands? As technology moved on video’s have been left on the shelf gathering dust. VHS tapes and cassettes are now rarely accepted at recycling centres and are generally sent to landfill. Few charity shops take them too. Which means lots of unloved tapes languish in homes of people who hang on in hope that they’ll not have to bin and a recycling option will be found.
Meet David, in August, he came along to our Rubbish Revolutionaries session and told us about his adventures in decluttering and finding recycling solutions. Like us all he had a small number of videos which he didn’t want to throw away. His recycling research turned up a company called Environmental Media Solutions who could recycle them but was told he needed to gather 700 videos before they would be able to come to London to collect them. Knowing others in a similar situation he decided to start a video collection point. He put the word out to friends, neighbours, he told his local freecycle network and local charity shops and used his garage to store the tapes he collected. He amassed the 700 over 3 years.
David signed up to Rubbish Diet saying “there’s always new things to learn” and now he has decided to go beyond the bin and help other rubbish dieters to clear video tape clutter without sending it to landfill.
David is open up his garage to be a collection point once again from the 31st of October. If you want to donate your video tapes to the collection you can email David on firstname.lastname@example.org Not on email? Contact us on 07880 931 537.