Think Green! Recycle Your Old Copier or Printer.
If you have an older copier or printer that’s no longer working, or has reached the end of its useful life, you might be wondering what to do with your device. It may come as a surprise, but most people have no idea that these machines contain materials that can pollute the environment and incorrect disposal can be dangerous. In fact, the EPA has found that only 12.5% of e-waste is properly recycled.
Here’s how to properly dispose of that old copier or printer:
Rather than throwing your machine in the trash, creating necessary waste, consider donating it. Many schools, non-profit organizations or low-income communities are happy to take your older technology. This is a perfect solution if your machine is still working and you’re simply upgrading to a newer model. Donating it keeps your machine out of the landfill and the recipient will appreciate it. Additionally, donating older technology to a school or non-profit can earn you a tax deduction. Most non-profits will provide you with a receipt upon request.
Manufacturer Take Back Programs
If donation isn’t an option, many manufacturers today are offering take-back programs to recycle e-waste like non-working copiers and printers. This option not only keeps hazardous materials out of landfills, they will take the machines back and dismantle them, retaining and reusing resources.
Find a Licensed Disposal Facility
Finally, if donation or a take-back program are not options, consider finding a government-licensed electronics disposal facility. These companies will dispose of your e-waste in an environmentally safe manner that will meet legal obligations and maximize the environmental benefits of disposal. They generally take outdated tech and break it down into components which can then be reused or recycled safely thereby helping the environment and preserving natural resources.
One final note, whatever option you choose, always make sure to either remove your hard drive, or securely destroy any data on your machine before it leaves your office to prevent data theft.
Protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility. It doesn’t take much effort to do the right thing. Donate, recycle or responsibly dispose of your old copiers and printers. It’s a smart decision that will help protect the environment and reduce landfill waste!