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Old 01-17-2017, 12:27 PM
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Originally Posted by HappyRider View Post
Take out the film and burn them. Makes for great fireworks. I used to light up 8mm film when I was a kid.
??? 8mm film has always been safety film. You might have gotten it to melt and burn, but nothing like nitrate film.
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Old 01-19-2017, 04:00 AM
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Originally Posted by zugor View Post
I've got lots of old tapes from the years when I worked night shift and would tape my favorite programs. They are taking up precious shelf space but I don't know if they can be recycled but I'm betting that someone on this forum can tell me.

Any insight offered is much appreciated.

Well, two things.

I generally donate my tapes to Goodwill and I donate them blanked.

The latter is just part of the practice in that information security, my personal, "requires" that media be blanked before disposal.

Originally Posted by Metro Matt View Post
Whats wrong with DVD's? They are far superior to VHS cassettes.
Tape is more flexible. I don't tape now because I have turned away from TV but a few years ago when I wanted to tape something that was going to be delayed by a sports game or a speech, I would just throw in a long playing tape as I left for work. Tape also doesn't present as complex a disposal problem when the recording is temporary; one just tapes over it.

I won't knock the DVD; Lord knows I buy them by the hundreds to convert my tapes, but they are a bit "strict" to use when the source material is rather undefined such as when it will occur. For example, one might say, "Well, just throw in a DVD on 8 hours." but then the quality suffers. I get decent quality transfer of I want from a long playing VHS to a SP recording DVD.

Further, the way the consumer technology is set up, recording DVD from a VHS is much more common in the home (professionals are something else) than trying to do it DVD (say recorded at SLP) to DVD (recording SP). The latter would probably take at least two machines and a few cables.

WHICH LEADS US back to the OP where there might be in your local area private individuals, if dinosaurs like me, who still have uses for tape. Myself as I convert, I hold on to the 6.5-8-10-12H tapes and some of my 6H......just in case.

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Old 02-05-2017, 10:06 AM
Location: SE WI
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Originally Posted by harry chickpea View Post
??? 8mm film has always been safety film. You might have gotten it to melt and burn, but nothing like nitrate film.
I find them to burn quite nicely, but it helps if you burn a bunch at the same time. Tossed a few in the barrel last week after it was nice and hot and there was not one remnant left after an hour.
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Old 02-07-2017, 04:40 AM
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Put them in the free section on CL, somebody will probably take them.
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Old 02-07-2017, 05:40 AM
Location: StlNoco Mo
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I take everything apart before I pitch it.
The plastic reels come in handy. I saved a few for string, thread, scotch tape or fishing line. And I always save any screws. My basement looks like a hardware store.
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Old 03-28-2017, 02:43 PM
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Many charitable thrift stores sell VHS tapes. Donate them and get a receipt for a tax deduction.
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Old 03-29-2017, 06:09 PM
Location: San Gabriel Valley
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Originally Posted by ColoGuy View Post
DVDs have ~500 lines of resolution. VHS is ~220 lines of resolution. Big difference. Yet I tend to quit noticing the picture quality after awhile.
A much bigger difference than I ever dreamed, I might add. The first time I saw a DVD, I was shocked at how much more I noticed in the movie, all kinds of details I had completely missed with low-res VHS.

HDTV astounded me even more. I can't believe how low-res my younger self's world was.
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Old 03-30-2017, 11:04 AM
Location: Bay Area California
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earth911.com has a good search function for places in your area that recycle specific things. Just type in the item and your zip. In my area, it seems that most places that recycle plastics will accept the tapes. I don't think they're allowable in our weekly recyclable bin though. Obviously the rules vary by area.
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