How to Dispose of Old Printer Equipment


Finally Thinking About Disposing of That Ancient Copier That’s Been Taking Up Space In Your Office?

Have you been staring a hole in that old printer equipment? Wishing it would just *poof* disappear? Are you trying to clear out that storage closet and can’t get to anything you need because of all of the old machinery? Then, you’re in the right place! We are going to walk you through some options to rid the office of the old equipment once and for all.


Removal at Next Install
Returning to Manufacturer
Avoiding the Landfill


One man’s trash is a donation team’s treasure. That’s the saying, right? Whether your used device is working or broken, there are plenty of options for nationwide and regional electronic donations. To start, check your local school districts, Goodwill, and the Salvation Army to see if they are currently accepting used copiers and printers. In some areas, Goodwill and Salvation Army will even pick-up items to be donated.

The National Cristina Foundation does not physically receive, service or place donated equipment. This online tool helps facilitate the connection between a donor contributing equipment and a pre-screened recipient organization. The steps are easy to find on their website and they pride themselves on connecting donations to those in need. As stated by the foundation, “It might give someone access to education, allowing them to be better prepared for the workforce. It might help someone with a disability learn new skills. It could help someone get through college, find a new job, or become active in their community. The opportunities are limitless, and it all starts with your contribution.”

Pickup Please is a program benefitting the Vietnam Veterans of America. Using their online tool, it is easy to schedule a donation pickup and have someone at your location within as little as 24 hours, rain or shine! Per their website, “The Vietnam Veterans of America sells your donated items to private companies by annual bid which generates the majority of the funding to support the local, state, and national programs of the Vietnam Veterans of America.”


Depending on the size and weight of your equipment, most box stores have an electronic recycling program in place that allows for on-site drop off. Best Buy, Target, Staples, and Office Depot are great places to start when searching for a store that will accept electronic recycling. This is great for small copiers and printers, desktop computers, keyboards, mouses, computer towers, and more.

The big issue comes in when there is a need for heavy equipment removal. What is the best game plan when there is no way to remove the equipment yourself? There are a few quick and easy solutions to this problem, including, but not limited to, calling 1-800-Got-Junk? who can recycle printers that no longer meet your needs. They offer online and over the phone quotes for removal and recycling of old equipment.

In addition to the nationwide services, take a moment to check with city hall or the local city or county website to see where the closest e-waste drop-off location is to your office. Many municipalities host “Hard to Recycle” days at set locations. Social media can also be a great resource, as many collection teams post information on the municipality page prior to the event.

How to Dispose of Electronics

Removal at Next Install

If you have time to spare and are okay sitting on the old equipment until your current copier lease is up, discuss an equipment removal with your copier company at the next install. With the benefit of already having the box truck on-site, the removal and donation process can be seamless, free and quick. If there is a time-crunch on removal of equipment, call your sales representative to see if they have in-house options to remove and dispose of old equipment for a small fee.

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Returning to Manufacturer

Many copier and printer manufacturers take pride in their recycling programs. Below are a few of the top recycling programs through well-known manufacturers that go hand-in-hand with what we have discussed in the previous sections. Can’t find a recycling program for your manufacturer online? Call the number on your machine to talk to a customer service representative today.

Manufacturer Recycling Programs:

Canon Recycling Program

Konica Minolta Recycling Program via Clean Planet Program

Lanier Recycling Program

Avoiding the Landfill

With a wide variety of options available to dispose of your printers and copiers properly, landfill dumping should be old news. If recycling is not for you, consider donating to a local organization and gaining a tax deduction instead of disposing of the machines in the trash. Waste Management customers also have the option to dispose of their used electronics through their recycling program.

As stated on, “When recycling electronics, make sure you’re working with a reputable recycler such as Waste Management, who operates with integrity and transparency. Ask questions: What do you do with the equipment? Where do you send parts to be recovered? Where are the CRTs, metals, and plastics sent? Who handles the data destruction? Is the hard drive wiped clean of information? Is documentation of this provided? Can you give me information so I can delete all data and personal information myself?
Peripherals can also be recycled. These include keyboards, cables, mice, computer speakers, printers, scanners, floppy drives, optical media and external hard drives. Certain retailers and manufacturers offer electronics recycling programs.”


Want to discuss equipment removal during your next copier contract install? Let the experts at Ford Business Machines give you a hand at 1-800-633-3673 or by emailing

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