Ready To Get Rid Of Your Old Office Equipment?

By | Posted March 8th, 2012

Fax machines always tend to make strange noises, but when the screeching, whirring and buzzing sounds outweigh the typical beep, you don’t need a doctor to break the news that your fax machine has reached a flat line on the EKG. And so begins the burial process. You can:

1.Throw the broken fax machine in the garbage.

2.Take the fax machine out back, give it a piece of your mind, and enter into MetroFax’s Smash-A-Fax contest.

3.Recycle or donate the run-down, damaged or broken machinery.

Although the easiest option may be tossing that broken machine in the dumpster and never looking back, going the extra mile to properly dispose of old office equipment reaps great benefits for the environment. (Not to mention good citizenship!)

But the questions remain: Where can I recycle my broken equipment? What parts can be recycled and what can’t? Will this cost me money?

Over the next few weeks, we’ll share tools and information to help you learn the right way to properly recycle or donate old office equipment, tips to help “green” your office, and the benefits these actions have for our environment.

Where Can I Recycle My E-Waste?

Recycling old office equipment can take some time. Fortunately, recycling centers exist to do the hard work for us. The following resources will break down your old equipment, salvage any functional parts to reuse, and reduce landfill waste. Now, that’s rewarding for both you and the planet!

Earth 911 provides a location-based map of recycling centers in your neighborhood.

EcoSquid instantly compares cash offers and recycling options from across the web to sell or recycle your old equipment.

Staples provides a recycling center for old office equipment. Just by recycling your empty ink and toner cartridges at any Staples store you can get $2 back in Staples Rewards®.

The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries also accept donations of old computers and office equipment.


What Else Can I Do?

Besides recycling or donating old office equipment, there are many other things you can do to reduce your electronic waste.

Lease equipment. When it’s time to upgrade to a newer product, return the old unit to the vendor. Not only does this save time on recycling old equipment, it also saves money!

Buy quality products. When buying new office equipment, research and review several product’s ratings and reviews before making a purchase.

Repair instead of replace. Before completely replacing a broken machine, it’s often cheaper to repair a single part. Many parts of old machines can easily be repaired without having to buy a new machine altogether.

Go online. With the latest technological advancements, many standard office procedures can be completed online. For instance, don’t put up with your fax machine anymore! Start your free 30-day trial with MetroFax today!


Calculate Your E-Waste!

Only 15 to 20 percent of e-waste is recycled in the United States. As a result, 100 million pounds of waste accumulates every year in the U.S. alone from harmful materials such as plastics, metals, glass, ink cartridges, paper, and more.

Use this e-waste calculator from All Green Electronics Recycling to find the exact benefits of recycling various electronic devices. You may be surprised to learn just how much your efforts benefit the environment in a tremendous way.