Media Recycling

As digital migration continues, the media industries face the challenge of how to dispose of sensitive film and tape. Beyond issues of branding, licensing and copyright are the environmental consequences of sending hundreds of tonnes of plastics and metals to landfill.

Think of it this way, every reel of tape or tape cassette ever dumped since the middle 1950’s is still there – either whole or in fragments. As these degrade over decades (and it’ll take many), their constituent properties such as polyethylene terephthalate, chromium and other phthalate-laden chemicals move into the soil and water table.

Media Recycling is a service designed to address these problems through a combination of harvesting useful poly-plastics and non-ferrous metals for re-use while recovering remaining materials for the generation of greener energy. This approach not only better solves the disposal issue, but also serves to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Our operations based at Media Servicing are FACT-accredited and we are licensed by The Environment Agency.

We can collect from anywhere – so when you’re ready to move on from film and tape, we can help you do so in the greenest, most responsible way possible.

We’re Federation Against Copyright Theft accredited and are licensed by The Environment Agency.

Also, for every metric tonne of waste we process, we commission the charity Trees For Cities to plant a tree in an urban space.

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Case Study

CLIENT: Major Global Content Distributor

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Service provider: Media Recycling

Operation: Collect, sort and destroy large tape collection, keeping materials from landfill.


The tapes were located at a remote rural site west of London and had been in place for some time, stored independently by a co-producer.

The challenge of loading hundreds of boxes and loose tapes to trucks only barely able to access the site, was considerable.

The tapes were sorted and any recoverable materials removed for re-use. All other materials – including around 40,000 cassettes – were processed through energy from waste technology, helping create power for local homes and businesses.

In all, 29 tonnes of media were kept from harmful landfill.

“This was a huge challenge both logistically and in terms of solution. As supporters of the ethical trading initiative, we were determined to do no harm to the environment – and our aims were underpinned by the method and execution provided by Media Recycling.”