VCRs Illegal in Garbage, Recycling & Drains Junk Pickup E-Waste VCRs are e-waste that can be disposed of through the County Household Hazardous Waste Program. If your VCR is in good condition, consider donating it. 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. Electronics Recovery and Recycling Program California established the Electronics Recycling Act of 2003 to regulate how electronics are handled at the end of their life. Find out which organizations will take back unwanted or damaged electronics.