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Fact Check: Can You Recycle a Printer?

July 14, 2016

Figuring out what to do with an old printer can be tricky. You can donate them to local schools or nonprofits if they are in fairly good condition; however, non-working printers need to be recycled, as they can be very hazardous to the environment if tossed in a landfill. Most printers contain some levels of arsenic, lead, mercury, and other materials that can enter the soil or water supply, so you can't just set your old printer out on the curb for pickup. Here are some tips for recycling your old printer and ink cartridges:

Recycling Printers and Ink Cartridges

You might be wondering if ink cartridges are even recyclable. The answer is a resounding yes! Manufacturers have made it easier than ever to recycle ink cartridges because they know how harmful those chemicals can be to the environment. According to Evolve Recycling, it takes some ink cartridges up to 1,000 years to decompose, and roughly 300 million end up in landfills every single year. What's more, each toner cartridge requires 1 gallon of oil to produce.

At Pacific Office Automation, we are committed to sustainability. POA partners with The Environmentally Conscious Recycling Co. to disassemble old machines and separate pieces out for reuse or recycle. Together, we recycle toner, machines, and cardboard at a rate of 99% or more to significantly reduce landfill waste and preserve natural resources. Our technicians set up all energy-saving features during equipment setup and remove all waste products, used parts, and packaging after a service call. We also assist companies in their own efforts to go green, whether it be through the purchase, operation, maintenance or disposal of their printers. We also offer return shipping for empty ink cartridges.

Beyond POA's sustainability efforts, our manufacturers are vigilant about reducing waste and environmental hazards through their own innovative corporate sustainability initiatives, including continually developing biodegradable alternatives to petroleum-based printer ink.

For more help with what to do with your old printer, contact Pacific Office Automation today. We can also set up a free workflow analysis to help you identify ways you can reduce your carbon footprint.

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