Here's How to Dispose of Your Copier or Printer Properly

Office Equipment

Is it time for a new printer or copier? We can help with that. But first, we should talk about what you're planning to do with your old device—something you may not have given much thought to yet. Sadly, many companies don't properly dispose of or recycle old electronic devices such as copiers and printers, which can not only lead to environmental issues but also cause security breaches.

Did you know that electronic waste is growing by leaps and bounds in the U.S.? In fact, this potentially hazardous and polluting waste is the fastest-growing kind of trash in the country. Since we already know that the U.S. is sending too much material to already bursting-at-the-seams landfills, it's clearly important to handle e-waste correctly. Here's how to do it.

Donate

Is your copier or printer still usable? If so, consider donating it to a non-profit organization, school, or other entity that could make use of it. It's not only a tax deduction but also a good way to make sure that nothing goes to waste.

Work with the Manufacturer

Many electronics manufacturers have recycling or take-back programs that are easy to use. Contact your device's manufacturing to find out more about their particular program.

Bring it to a Facility

A licensed disposal facility can safely recycle or dispose of your copier or printer in a way that won't release toxic chemicals into the environment. Many of these facilities dismantle machines so that their parts can be reused.

Whether you choose to donate, send a machine back, or bring it to a disposal facility, you'll be ensuring that your old copier or printer doesn't pollute the environment. Remember to erase or remove any hard drives before sending your old devices off to preserve security. And when you're ready for new office equipment, give us a call.