VCR Tapes

VCR Tapes


Cassette and VCR tapes should not go in your curbside recycling and should be placed in the trash. The film tape is a "tangler" that jams the sorting machines at the material recovery facility (MRF).

There are some specialized plastics recyclers that may be wiling to accept the hard plastic outer shell and recycle it for a small fee. You would be required to remove the film first. The film tape cannot be recycled and must be disposed in the trash.

Residents and businesses can find a list of options in our Business Recycling Directory.

Cassette Tapes

Cassette Tapes


Cassette tapes should not be placed in your curbside recycling. The film tape is a "tangler" that gets wound around the processing machines at recycling facilities and can shut down a whole recycling operation.

There are some specialized plastics recyclers that may be wiling to accept the hard plastic outer shell and recycle it for a small fee. You would be required to remove the film first. The film tape cannot be recycled and must be disposed in the trash. Call Northcoast Recycling Specialist in Wickliffe (440.943.6968) or Secure IT Asset Disposition Services in Mentor (440.332.5005). You can also recycle cassette tapes via GreenDisk.

Plastic Bags

Plastic Bags


Plastic bags can be recycled at many retail locations, including Buehler's Fresh Foods, Giant Eagle, Heinen's, JCPenney, Kohl's, Lowe's Home Improvement, Marc's, Target, and Wal-Mart stores. A collection bin can usually be found near the store entrance or the customer service desk. At the retail locations, recycle only clean, dry plastic bags and film. Remove receipts or any other items from bags.

In the retailer collection bin, recycle: 
Retail, newspaper, dry cleaning, bread, produce, and other plastic bags labeled #2 and #4
Zip Close Food Storage bags (clean and dry)
Furniture and Electronic wrap
Plastic cereal box liners
Plastic shipping envelopes, including Tyvek ®, bubble wrap and air pillows (Remove labels and/or deflate)
Product Wrap (used on paper towels, diapers, bathroom tissue, water bottles)
Any film packaging or bag that has the How2Recycle Label

Plastic bags are recycled into many different products. Most bags and film are turned into composite lumber, but they can be reprocessed into small pellets or post consumer resin, which can be used to make a variety of new products, such as new bags, pallets, containers, crates, and pipe.

For details and a location search, visit www.plasticfilmrecycling.org