How to recycle audio cassette tapes
If you’re having a declutter; the chances are you’ll come across some old, unloved and unwanted items.
Technology moves so fast and the cassette tapes of my teenage years are pretty defunct now. You often have to go to a specialist Hi Fi Shop to buy equipment to play tapes because most people have switched to CDs and MP3s
If you’ve got a drawer stuffed with old cassette tapes, how can you recycle them?
As you’ll be aware, the 3 R’s are reduce, reuse, recycle – they are in that order for a purpose. The best idea is reuse; so gather than together, dust them off and donate to a charity shop, offer on Freecycle or give away to friends.
If that doesn’t work, you could reuse them in a crafty way. If you fancy a creative project, there are plenty of ideas on the instructables website. You’ll find all sorts of inspiration from belt buckles, to wallets and even creating a yarn from the tape to crotchet!
If you’re as artistic as I am, and not about to spend your Sunday afternoons crafting presents out of cassette tapes then recycling is your only answer. It’s pretty difficult to do, but most parts of the cassette tapes ARE recyclable. Fortunately, I’ve been talking to Kevin Chilton who runs The Recycling People Limited in Herefordshire. The Recycling People, as their name suggests take a number of items for recycling, including old audio cassette tapes!
Unfortunately the magnetic tape has to be landfilled, but everything else from your beloved hits of the sixties tapes can be recycled. New products made from the plastics include coat hangers and shower cubicles and Kevin is currently working with a company who MIGHT have the answer to recycling the magnetic tape as well – watch this space ….
Nothing is wasted; even the card inners from tape cases are made into paper logs for burning on open fires.
Due to his own landfill costs, Kevin makes a charge to recycle your cassette tapes – £15 for 50 items or £25 for 150 items, but if you want to sit and pull out the tape yourself and dispose of it, he’ll recycle your goodies for free.
If you’re ready to let your beehive hairdo down, get rid of that tube skirt, banish your white stilettos and it’s time for your beloved musical masterpieces to be laid to rest, then send your package, including payment to
The Recycling People Limited,
Unit 1 Wolf Business Park,
Kevin also recycles VHS tapes, CDs and DVDs (Oh, and old blue plastic water pipes and wheelie bins too, but you’re unlikely to have many of those kicking around the house).
If you want to know more, email Kevin: kevin.chilton AT therecyclingpeople.co.uk or call him on 0844 800 3235; but make a cup of tea first – this man is as passionate as I am about recycling!