Can I recycle VHS tapes?
VHS tapes are made with a rigid polystyrene shell, which Los Angeles residents can recycle by itself in their blue bins. But the tape inside is made from a different material that tangles around recyclers' sorting equipment and could cause machinery to break down. The city's Bureau of Sanitation recommends reusing or donating VHS tapes as a first option or recycling them through a mail-in recycling service, such as Greendisk.com or NationwideRecycleByMail.com.
Because policies and recommendations can vary from city to city, each week we ask a sampling of officials from various municipalities to weigh in. Can you recycle VHS tapes in...
Long Beach: No
Los Angeles: Only the black tape casing, not the tape
Manhattan Beach: No
Santa Monica: Only if brought to the Santa Monica Transfer Station and placed with e-waste
Unincorporated L.A. County: Yes
-- Susan Carpenter
Photo: Kirk McCoy / Los Angeles Times