Yesterday, we took the last boxes of VHS video tapes to the recycling center in Yonkers. All told, I think we must have moved 50 or 60 boxes. Back in the early days of video taping, Phil taped everything he loved on TV and he already had a huge collection when I met him. Then once we moved abroad, everyone sent us British TV shows on tape so the collection grew and grew.
We got rid of our VHS player years ago. We don’t even use the DVD player now except for the flash pen that contains the latest shows Phil’s downloaded for us.
While we gave the DVDs to the charity shop, there was no point in doing the same with the tapes – most of them are British format anyway and who would want a bunch of tapes of English shows from the 80s, mostly not labeled?
What made it worse was that they were all stored on the very top floor in a bedroom we don’t use. Our house is 3 stories, but you also have to go down a fourth flight of stairs to get to the basement and hence to the car. So it’s been a long process of ferrying boxes down one by one and for months we’ve had a little collections of boxes, resting on their journey, in various parts of the house. But now it’s DONE and they are all gone!
They call this a recycling center, and when you go there they check what you’re dumping and tell you where it goes, but I have no idea whether tapes actually can be recycled. I hope so because if not there are billions of useless tapes around the world that will one day end up in landfills.
When we got back, I asked Phil if he could remember the first show he ever taped. Being Phil, he could. He said it was Top of the Pops and the number one that week was ‘Don’t You Want Me’ by the Human League. I don’t know if this is the exact show, but here’s the song from 1981:
Love those outfits!