It may be tempting to simply toss your worn out and broken copier machines into the trash or bring them to the dump, however that’s neither legal nor environmentally-friendly. Copier machines can take hundreds of years to decompose in landfills! On top of that startling reality is the fact that as they are slowly decomposing, they are releasing toxic chemicals into the environment. These toxins are harmful to both the land and the water– ready to rethink your initial plan yet? Below are some safe and easy alternatives for disposing of old office equipment.

Make It Educational

Call your local school district and inquire about their process for accepting donated equipment. Science, computer, or automotive tech teachers are just a few that surely will appreciate the opportunity. Students gain hands-on, real-world experiences by dismantling your copy machines and allows them to explore their components and discover how they function.

Return It

Your copy machine might still be able to be returned to the original manufacturer or the dealer/company where you purchased it even though its worn out or broken. If they can’t fix it and resell it, they’ll certainly know how to dispose of it properly. If you purchased it from a local office equipment dealership, they might even send a truck over to pick up.

Recycle It

E-waste centers are located throughout each state focusing specifically on recycling copy machines and other types of electronic equipment. Working with an authentic electronic recycler, gives you piece of mind in knowing that your old copy machines has not made a negative impact on the planet. Remember to inquire about also accepting your old copier toner cartridges. If they don’t, chances are they can direct you to another recycling company that does.

Contact Your Local Sanitation Department

Lastly, you can call the sanitation department in the community where you operate your business or where the old copier machines are located. They’ll be able to tell you what to do with the copy machines. They often provide a pick up service on a specific date and deliver to the proper recycling facility. At the very least, you’ll find out where you can drop off the equipment yourself.  This is usually at a designated place and time in your community.