How to Dispose of a VCR

By Nick Davis

As new technology and methods of recording television programming emerges, you may no longer want your video cassette recorder or the desire to use it anymore. VCRs contain metals that are harmful to the environment if you dispose of it in your home's trashcan or take it your area's landfill. There are a variety of safe ways to recycle the device so it doesn't end up in a landfill, including donating the VCR and using a free electronics recycling service.

Things You'll Need

  • Box or bag

Best Buy

Step 1

Place your VCR and its cables, if you want to get rid of the cables also, in a box or bag.

Step 2

Take the device to your area Best Buy store. If you are unsure where a Best Buy store is in your area, navigate your computer's Internet browser to the "Find a Best Buy Store" link ( bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=cat12090&type=page) and enter your ZIP code in the box below "ZIP Code" heading. Click the "Find Stores" button to see the search results.

Step 3

Give the VCR to a representative at the store's Consumer Electronics Recycling Program customer service counter. The recycling program is free and a customer service representative will give you a receipt for taking the donation off your income taxes.

Step 4

Store the receipt the representative gives you in a safe place for tax purposes.

Salvation Army Or Charity Organization

Step 1

Place your VCR and its cables, if you want to get rid of the cables also, in a box or bag.

Step 2

Take the device to your area Salvation Army or other charity store. Give the VCR to a representative at the charity's customer service or donation counter. Charities do not charge for dropping off items.

Step 3

Ask the representative for a tax receipt, if desired, so you can take the donation off of your income taxes. Store the receipt the representative gives you in a safe place for tax purposes.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't have a Best Buy or charity organization in your area, navigate your Internet browser to the "Earth911 - Find Recycling Centers" link (earth911.com/recycling/electronics/) and enter "VCR" in the box under "Find recycling centers for" and your ZIP code in the box under "Near." Click the "Search" button for a listing of recycling centers in your area that accept VCRs.