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Video Tape Recycling and Refurbishing

Recycling magnetic media such as video tape is still needed and possible!

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There is a growing problem of unwanted videocassettes, audio cassettes and computer tapes.

One VHS tape takes one-sixth of a gallon of petroleum to make, and video duplicators process 20 million of them a month. That's 3 million gallons of petroleum.

CASE STUDY KEYT-TV was selected as a waste recycling (WRAP) winner for its commitment to recycling video tape. The station, which broadcasts to San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, recycled and reused more than 2,600 pounds of tape in 1997 and 1998.

Just a note... part of the recycling success story is USING recycled content products. If you'd like to know how you can increase your market support for recycled content, check out some of the programs by the CIWMB: Buy Recycled Programs

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CIWMB Directory

This directory by the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) enables you to search for an organization that collects specific types of electronic equipment for reuse or recycling. You should contact any of the listed organizations to determine the details of their services and any potential charges before loading up your vehicle.

Other useful information available through CIWMB's e-waste website:

  • Listings of certain special collection events sponsored by local governments;
  • Guidance on battery and fluorescent tube recycling;
  • Other resources for reusing and recycling electronic equipment.
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Approved Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Collectors and Recyclers

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(Video) Tape Recycling Companies

Tropical Media

Tropical Media has turned what used to be trash into recycled tapes that are often as good as a cassette fresh from the manufacturer.

First, you may ship your unwanted video tapes directly to Tropical Media, no minimum required and free of charge. Or if your tapes are all over the place you may choose to use our convenient recycling bins and free pick up service.

So instead of cluttering up the environment, our evaluated tape stock is now ready to be sold to you at a substantial discount, in all major labels and format. All tapes are certified to be error-free. Every tape from Tropical Media carries a 100% replacement guarantee.

Tropical Media Inc.
3133 West Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
Toll Free: 800-650-1616
Phone: 818-955-8818

E-Cycle Environmental

E-Cycle Environmental helps businesses deal with their obsolete electronic equipment in an environmentally, ethical, cost effective and accountable fashion. They erase data and recycle the materials.

Headquartered in Redondo Beach, E-Cycle Environmental has locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle.

E-Cycle Environmental
2110 Artesia Blvd. Suite 445
Redondo Beach, CA 90278


Now there is one place to responsibly and securely dispose of all your computer-related waste, spent supplies and obsolete accessories. GreenDisk handles all your technotrash disposal needs from a CD to a PC and just about everything in between. A convenient shipping box that you purchase for $29-$49 is filled and shipped to Northern California for processing.

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