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Discarding audio tapes

From: Lisa Fox <<-at->
Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012
One of our circuit courts is ready to destroy some reel-to-reel
tapes that are beyond their retention period.  I've been asked if
there is a secure and "green" way to dispose of them.  I believe
he's wondering about an option analogous to what's generally done
with paper documents: shredded then recycled.   I haven't seen these
tapes, so I can't say whether they are polyester or acetate; the
archivist reports none of the tell-tale order that would clearly
indicate acetate.

No one's ever asked me about options for reel-to-reel tape, and I'm
hoping some of you may have dealt with this before.  I'm all ears.

Lisa Fox, Preservation Administrator
Local Records Preservation Program
Missouri State Archives
600 West Main Street
Jefferson City MO 65101

                  Conservation DistList Instance 26:1
                  Distributed: Thursday, May 24, 2012
                        Message Id: cdl-26-1-016
Received on Tuesday, 22 May, 2012

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