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VHS disposal in Canberra?

By Pommy bastard - 28 June 2010 20

Hi wise and wonderful people.

We have two cupboards full of pre-recorded and errr not pre-recorded, VHS video tapes. Any which that have items of sentimental value on them have been long burned onto DVD.

How and where can we dispose of these in a morally sound, environmental aware and socially conscious way?

What’s Your opinion?


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VHS disposal in Canberra?
georgesgenitals 8:29 pm 28 Jun 10

troll-sniffer said :

there is a trick I did once on a quiet country road… got the full spool out of an E240…

You own a Mercedes? Awesome…

Ryoma 7:50 pm 28 Jun 10

It depends what’s on the tapes, I guess. Maybe (a big maybe) the National Film and Sound Archives, or even the National Archives may have a use for them. If not, given that maybe they both had the same problem on a large scale in the past, they may know where or how to dispose of them responsibly…

troll-sniffer 2:27 pm 28 Jun 10

georgesgenitals said :

Pull them apart – the black tape makes great Halloween party streamers.

there is a trick I did once on a quiet country road… got the full spool out of an E240, drilled a hole in the centre for a piece of dowel, drilled in a couple of screws to hold the spool in one spot on the dowel, and at about 20km/hr started feeding the tape out of the spool out of the window. Eventually the wind and the friction grabbed the trailing end and the spool started to spin roilly roilly fast. Increased speed to something more meaningful, getting on for 100km/hr if I remember correctly, and watched in awe at the speed that the spool turned as the tape unwound. Several thousand rpm with the centre of the spool just starting to melt from the heat on the dowel.

Took a bit longer to do the right thing and collect the several hundred metres of tape though.

Anyway maybe we could organise a spool off down at Lake George with your tapes?

mutley 1:19 pm 28 Jun 10

Pommy bastard said :

mutley said :

Hope you’ve double checked them all for your special “home movies”

I sold them on at Adam and Eve…

Now retitled “Cornish Pasties”

georgesgenitals 12:51 pm 28 Jun 10

Pull them apart – the black tape makes great Halloween party streamers.

Pommy bastard 12:46 pm 28 Jun 10

mutley said :

Hope you’ve double checked them all for your special “home movies”

I sold them on at Adam and Eve…

Chupachup 12:32 pm 28 Jun 10

Any op shop will take the pre-recorded ones

Zusi4114 12:14 pm 28 Jun 10

Aussie Junk (Mitchell) or Tiny’s Shed (Mugga Lane) or like mentioned Lifeline and Vinnies take and sell that sort of stuff

mutley 12:08 pm 28 Jun 10

Hope you’ve double checked them all for your special “home movies”

Pommy bastard 11:05 am 28 Jun 10

LOL!! Ok, I’ll take it there’s no set up for disposing of them. One would imagine that there will be many millions dumped in coming years.

troll-sniffer 11:03 am 28 Jun 10

They’re 99% plastic and probably suitable for turning into recycled plastic items like fence posts and the like. So I suspect the recycling bin is as good as any option

Lazy I 10:49 am 28 Jun 10

Burn them in a 44 gallon drum in the front yard with some spare 2 stroke and wash the smoldering remains down the storm water drain out the front of your house at about 2am in the morning so your neighbours don’t get all “what about the endangered sea turtles!” at ya.

Feathergirl 10:01 am 28 Jun 10

You could donate the pre-recorded ones to Lifeline for their book fair and trash the home movies.

p1 10:00 am 28 Jun 10

Well, you could research a country somewhere that still uses VCRs and mail them there.

TAD 9:29 am 28 Jun 10

err…that big fricking bin on your driveway?

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