“I remember when the DVD player came out,” he says. “It was, ‘That’s so stupid, what’s wrong with a VCR?’ I had somebody tape a session of “American Idol” so I could watch it for the “Larry King” show. They put it on a VCR tape, they brought it to the office and everything, and I couldn’t find a VCR to watch it on. I didn’t have one at home, I didn’t have one at the office. I was like, ‘That is so weird,’ because they used to be everywhere. You know, everybody had a VCR. So imagine, man, how many VCRs are laying in landfills”
Do me a favor and quickly make a mental map of your house….How many VCR’s do you own? Including in storage. I’ve got 3 maybe 4 and nobody uses them except my 2 year old son. I remember when VCR’s were just hitting the market and before you bought one you had to decide on BETA or VHS. There for awhile VCR’s were it and when DVD players were first introduced nobody thought they would catch on. Yet here we are some 20 odd years later and the VCR is a dinosaur. So I thought Bucky’s question was one that you don’t hear much about….How do we recycle the hordes of VCR’s still clogging up our landscape?
If you just can’t seem to figure out what to with your old electronics check out these ideas:
- Coming from the point of view of a parent paying a hefty daycare bill every month, ask around and you just may discover that they could use the wanted VCR’s as away to keep the kids entertained and out of the heat. Many daycares depend on fund raisers to survive and electronics are needed just as badly as money.
- December West turns old junky VCRs into jewelry. Created by Todd Krieger, check out how awesome these pieces are.
- With the VCR comes the tapes and somebody has come up with the cool idea of taking the ribbon from the tape and using is as yarn. Be the first on your block to own a purse made from your favorite movies!!!
Though most recycling centers do take old electronics, most charge a fee to handle them due to mercury and other dangerous materials contained inside. It’s best to look around your local area and see anyone can use the old electronics to create something new.