Vinyl Records Put in Garbage Cart/Bin If your records are in good condition, consider donating them. Recycle Cardboard Covers If your record covers are clean and made of paperboard, recycle them with other paperboard. Plastic Goes in the Garbage Throw any plastic sleeves / film packaging covering a new vinyl in the garbage. Ways to Reduce Give to a Charity or Thrift Shop Consider taking unwanted records to a thrift shop or donation center near you. Old records are like other plastics: they leach chemicals into the environment if they end up in landfills. Did You Know? "Turntablism" - Art Making Turntable Artists are transforming old record players into illustrators. They have reinvented “turntablism,” which is a word describing the act of using a turntable to draw revolving images.