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Frequently Asked Questions: Printers & Copiers
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Table of Contents
- 1-800-GOT-JUNK? FAQs
- Printers, Scanners & Copier FAQs
- How do I get rid of old printers?
- Should ink cartridges from printers be recycled?
- Can I dispose of toner or ink cartridges in the trash?
- Why should printers be recycled?
- What are the environmental impacts of dumping printers and cartridges?
- How do I know when it’s time to throw away my printer cartridges?
- How do I dispose of my broken copy machine? What options do I have?
- What options do I have for disposing of my old scanner?
- Why should I recycle my printer instead of throwing it away?
- Printers, Scanners & Copier FAQs
Printer, Scanner & Copier FAQs
How do I get rid of old printers?
If your printer still works, the best way to get rid of it is to donate it. Many local charities accept donations of working printers. It’s a great way to extend the life cycle of your printer and it could end up helping out someone who really needs one.
If your printer is broken, it’s best to take it in for recycling. Many places have recycling depots that are equipped to handle electronics like printers, and can ensure all the parts are handled properly.
If you’re not sure where to take your printer, or just don’t want to deal with it on your own, call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. We’ll come pick up the old printers you want to get rid of. We’ll do our best to make sure everything is recycled or properly disposed of.
Should ink cartridges from printers be recycled?
Ink cartridges can be reused, but only about 2-3 times. After this point, they need to be thrown out. Most ink cartridges are made of plastic and can therefore be recycled. In some areas they can simply be thrown in your blue bin with the rest of your household recycling. However, this isn’t the case in every area. In some cases, you might need to take them to the recycling depot on your own.
If you’ve got a large amount of ink cartridges or have some other junk you need to get rid of, you can always call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. We’ll gladly take away your ink cartridges & printers you need to get out of your way. We’ll always do our best to ensure your items are recycled where possible.
Can I dispose of toner or ink cartridges in the trash?
Like most printers, toner or ink cartridges can be thrown away in the trash, however it’s not recommended. Empty toner and ink cartridges are made of plastics and other materials that don’t decompose in the landfill and like most e waste, create negative impacts to the environment.
These items should be recycled where possible. If you need help with getting these items recycled, give 1-800-GOT-JUNK? a call. We’ll gladly take away your ink or toner cartridges and do our best to ensure your items are recycled.
Why should printers be recycled?
Printers are typically made of plastic and contain many electronic components. These substances don’t break down naturally, so if they end up being thrown away with regular garbage, they can sit in landfills for a very long time. As they sit in the landfill, they could cause environmental damage from gases and chemicals being released into the air, soil, or water.
If you’ve got an old printer that you need to get rid of, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Can help. We’ll pick up your printer and make sure it gets properly recycled or disposed of.
What are the environmental impacts of dumping printers and cartridges?
Did you know that an average laser cartridge takes up to 500 years to decompose in the landfill? Some cartridges are made of industrial grade plastics, which are much more durable material that take thousands of years to decompose. It is crucial that you save the environment by recycling your old printer and cartridges properly. Our friendly crew is in your neighborhood to give a free estimate to help take your junk away! Call 1-800-GOT-JUNK? today.
How do I know when it’s time to throw away my printer cartridges?
Printer cartridges can usually be reused several times if they are in good condition. You can help the environment by reducing waste. If the cartridge does become damaged and is deemed unusable, then it’s time to take it to your nearest recycling facility. Throwing cartridges directly in the landfill result in heavy metals polluting the water and soil content around it, which can also result in contaminated drinking water. If you have a pile of old cartridges lying around, call our friendly and professional crew at 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to take it away for you. We are happy to help!
How do I dispose of my broken copy machine? What options do I have?
If you are unsure of what to do, it’s a good idea to start with contacting the manufacturer of the machine. If it’s still under warranty, they might still be able to repair it depending on what part broke. If it’s broken for good, they might be able to take it back. Your local e-waste center can probably take your copy machine as well, but unfortunately, you’d have to haul it there yourself. It’s best to leave the heavy lifting to professionals like 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. We’ll take care of everything, from removing the junk to sweeping up after we’re done, to ensuring everything gets recycled or properly disposed of. You won’t have to lift a finger!
What options do I have for disposing of my old scanner?
You should consider dropping it off at your local recycling center, or any big-named appliance stores that accept e-waste. If it’s still in good working condition, you could also try selling it or donating your scanner to charity. However, if you have multiple old scanners lying around, it’s best to let a professional crew to give you a hand. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? is happy to help! We’re in your neighborhood and can have that junk our of your way in no time.
Why should I recycle my printer instead of throwing it away?
Printer ink cartridges contain all sorts of toxic substances that can be extremely harmful to the environment when they end up in the landfill. If you’ve got dusty old printers lying around your house or office, it’s best to recycle them. Appliance stores usually have recycling bins where you can drop off off your printers and ink cartridges. You can also check with your city to see where the nearest e-waste location is. If you don’t want to do the work on your own, call 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. We’re in your neighborhood and can be there in no time to get your junk our of your way for good. Just point and junk disappear!