VCR Tapes In-home 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.