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Recycling An Old Printer

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Out with the Old

If it seems like you have to upgrade your hardware at least a time or two a year, you aren't alone. Many environmentally-aware computer owners are left wondering what to do when it time to take out the old and bring in the new. They don't want to leave their old electronics in a landfill only to leak dangerous and damaging chemicals into the ground. Recycling and reusing old components like printers is an important way to stay green. Here are a few simple choices for keeping your old printer out of the landfill.

A Little Help from Big Names

Hewlett-Packard is one big name company that is committed to keeping its products out of the landfill. They have a series of options that will help you get rid of your outdated equipment responsibly. You can trade in an old printer, working or not, towards the purchase of a new one. You could get as much as $700 according to HP. Seriously outdated models will be recycled for you at no cost to you. For more information on the recycling options available, click here.

Benefits of the Big Box Store

Your local "big box" retailer may have some green ways to unload your old printer, too. Staples office supply stores have two options for customers. The will also trade in an old printer and give you credit towards a new purchase. (The deal at press time was $50 towards a purchase of a printer priced at $200 or greater.) If you aren't in the market to buy, you can still drop the old printer off for recycling. Dell brand printers won't cost a thing to recycle if you drop them at Staples. You may have to pay a small fee, around $10, for other brands. If it helps keep the water and soil clean and chemical free, it's worth the small charge. You can learn more about this program here.

Not for Profit

Charity organizations and their associated thrift stores are also great places to drop off your old printers. Your old hardware may be a much-needed upgrade for someone else. The money made from a charity thrift store funds their good work. A donation to your local Salvation Army, Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity resale stores will translate into a contribution to your community. Ask for a receipt and you might be able to claim the donation for a tax deduction.

Don't just toss that old hardware into the trash. Finding a way to recycle or reuse your old technology is easy.