Can Torah tapes or dvd be thrown away in the garbage, or does one need to put them in shemas? If so, do they need to be put in a plastic bag and thrown away? Does it matter if they can still be used?
Torah tapes can be thrown directly into the garbage, and they possess no kedushah.
The reason for this is that kedushah depends on written Torah. Since nothing is “written” on the tapes, and there is only encoded material, there is no kedushah in them, and they can be discarded as fit.