Cassette tapes and VCR tapes are a type of magnetic media, not unlike the ever-nostalgic floppy disk. This type of media storage uses a thin Mylar tape enclosed by some type of plastic casing. The casing is generally a recyclable item, but the tape is not.
Since cassette and VCR tapes are mixed materials, it is virtually impossible for regular recycling centers to separate these materials in the conventional recycling process. If one or several of these plastic cases breaks open on the sorting line, the tape could really create chaos or even shut an entire line down until all of it is untangled and collected.
It is estimated that the Mylar tape inside VCR tapes can be as much as 400 to 800 feet long, depending on the time-rating on the tape.
Regular recycling centers aren't able to accept items such as these, but electronic waste recyclers are more equipped to handle items consisting of mixed materials. Here is a list of Electronic Waste recycling centers in the United States:
GreenDisk - (800) 305-DISK
Electronic Recyclers International (ERI) - (800) ERI-DIRECT (374-3473)
AmericanEwasteRecyclers - (316) 871-9858 or (316) 409-7224
Fore more information on Single Stream recycling visit www.wasteawaygroup.com