VCRs See Alternatives Illegal in Garbage & Drains E-Waste Never Throw in the Trash Many older VCRs contain hazard materials, such as halogenated flame retardants, that could leach into the environment. These chemicals are particularly toxic to expectant mothers and their fetuses, so don’t throw VCRs into the trash. Alternative Ways to Recycle Best Buy's Electronics and Appliances Recycling Program Best Buy will take back old VCRs and many other home electronics for free; they also offer a trade-in program for more desired electronics. They accept up to three items per day from each household. Find a location here. All Green Electronics Recycling All Green Electronics Recycling will recycle all of your electronics, such as VCRs and other home electronics. Find the nearest drop-off location, or request a quote for pick-up of your electronics.