You may wonder what to do with the old copy machine or printer when it finally stops working. These machines can pollute the earth and improper disposal is extremely dangerous for the environment. Many people don’t realize this. Learn how to dispose of a copier and printer safely.
Electronic waste or e-waste is growing at a rate of around 8 percent annually. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that only 10 percent of electronic waste, such as printers and fax machines, can be recycled. 90% of electronics are recycled. The remaining 90 percent end in landfills or incinerators where harmful toxins can be released into the atmosphere. These chemicals, which include mercury, arsenic and lead, cadmium, and selenium, should not be allowed to enter the air or water supply. Instead, consider these alternatives:
Donate your old copier or printer
Donating your old copy machine to a school or non-profit organization is an alternative to having it thrown out. If the copier/printer is in good condition and you are just replacing it with a more modern model, this is a great option. The unit will be kept out of the landfill and will be appreciated by the charity you give it to. You may also be eligible for tax deductions by donating your equipment to schools or non-profit organizations. If you ask, most non-profits will issue a receipt for tax purposes. However, it is a good idea to keep a record of the items and to who they were donated.
If you are unable to donate your printers or copiers, contact the manufacturer. Many companies have take-back programs to recycle e-waste, such as printers and copiers that are not in use. This allows you to keep hazardous materials out of landfills and also allows you to reuse many resources such as raw materials or heavy metals.
Locate a licensed disposal facility
The last option is to find a licensed electronic disposal facility. These companies will dispose of your fax, printer, or copy machine in an environmentally friendly manner that meets your legal obligations. They also provide the highest environmental benefit. A disposal facility will generally take printers and copy machines, such as Canon copy machines or Toshiba fax machines, and then disassemble them into their composite materials. This can be recycled and used to preserve the environment.
No matter which option you choose it is important that you recycle or refurbish your printer or copy machine. Don’t let it end in the trash!
This post was written by Steven Elia Co-Founder and Recycling Director at eCycle Florida. eCycle Florida is an R2 Certified electronics recycling company in the state of Florida. Our processes and procedures are dedicated to the proper destruction and recycling of your electronics. eCycle Florida is your go-to for computer recycling in Tampa.