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Welcome to our Charity Drop VHS tape donation program! Many local charities now unfortunately won't accept VHS donations leaving many with no other options than to send their unwanted tapes to landfill, which is not terrible for VHS fans but it will also have a detrimental impact on the environment.
Our mission is to collect unwanted VHS tapes from local residents and sell them online for charity. Every one of our donated videos will be marked on the site to indicate it's part of our scheme and 75% of every sale will go to one of our selected charities.
By doing so, we are not only helping to reduce waste and promote sustainability but also supporting charities close to us that are dedicated to important causes.
Here's how our service works, in a simplified step-by-step guide:
Step 1: Fill In The Donation Form
If you have unwanted VHS tapes to donate, simply fill in the donation form across the page. Provide your name, address, email, and phone number and select one of the following 3 options.
Step 2: Quality Control & Clean-Up
After we have your VHS tapes our team will go through each tape to ensure playback is satisfactory, and if any dirt or mould needs cleaning on the tape. This cleaning service will also be provided for free. This is so we can ensure the quality of the product before listing it for sale.
If a video isn't of satisfactory quality we will still be able to reuse, recycle or upcycle elements of the tape. Or dispose of it safely if required.
Step 3: VHS Listed
After we have checked your VHS tapes, we will list them on our online store. Each set sale price will be determined by condition, rarity and other relevant aspects. Every "donation" listing will carry our video charity symbol.
Step 4: Charity Donation
When your listed video(s) are sold 75% of the proceeds will be donated to one or more of our selected charities.
Once your video(s) have been checked and placed on our site it will be marked with our charity symbol to indicate it's Donation status. Once sold 75% of the total sale will be donated.
Does The Whole 75% Get Donated To One Charity?
We pool each sale and split the monies between 3 different UK registered charities - the RSPCA, Asthma and Lung UK, and the National Autistic Society.
What Happens To The Other 25%?
The other 25% will go towards covering our selling fees, packaging and storage costs as well as fuel costs in relation to local collections.
We currently donate to 3 very different and equally amazing charities, each of which have a personal connection to our team. If there are any other charities you would love to see here please let us know.
Put an end to animal cruelty
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Breath is an inhalation, an exhalation. Breath is life.
Helping to create a society that works for autistic people.
Why Shouldn't I Throw Out My VHS Tapes?
What many people don't realise is that a VHS tape, like many other products these days, is not biodegradable. So simply dumping them in landfill shouldn't be a consideration. Over the years they'll eventually break down and leak out and potentially contaminate the surrounding environment.
The magnetic tape inside a VHS is made of Mylar, a phthalate-laden form of plastic polyethylene. It's a non-recyclable material and contains chemical coatings. If disposed of incorrectly it could be hazardous.
Should I Burn Them?
Absolutely not! When the tape is burnt it will expel toxic fumes both from the plastic casing as well as the videotape itself. This can cause a serious health hazard and be a risk for local air pollution or even contaminate nearby water sources.
What Other Alternatives Are There?
You can take your videos to an e-waste company that deals with recycling and/or the destruction of these types of products. This way you can safely dispose of your unwanted tapes. To find a service near you we would recommend searching online, and make sure that they can take VHS for this purpose.