The fast, quick pace by which technology advances is giving the whole world more and more reasons to upgrade gadgets and machines every year. Mobile phones get outdated ever year, new models of mp3 players are introduced regularly and even HP printers get upgrades as quickly as you can say “cartridge.” But before you throw out that old printer for a new one, consider recycling options instead. Dozens of websites teach consumers how to recycle printers, ink cartridges and other machines or gadgets. So, if you have an old printer, consider these tips before adding to the earth’s non-biodegradable waste.
1. Donate your old HP printers to schools or organizations. This is a great way to recycle printers and help others, besides. Search online for organizations or schools that accept donations of printers, laptops, educational materials or other equipment. Hewlett-Packard has an existing partnership with the National Cristina Foundation, which distributes computers, laptops, printers, printer ink cartridges and other equipment to charities, schools and public agencies in U.S. and Canada.
2. Recycle your old HP Deskjet, Laserjet or Officejet printers. There are many different agencies and organizations within your area that can help you recycle printers. The National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) accepts old HP printers and even HP ink cartridges, which are then evaluated and reused or recycled. The NCER’s website also offers tips and lists down the different recycling areas in the U.S.
3. Ask friend or relatives and see if they can use your old HP printers. In most cases, you need to get rid of your old printer, not because it’s busted but because you’ve upgraded to a newer model. If your HP Deskjet or Laserjet is still in good condition, email your friends or relatives and sell it for a very, very low price. You might even want to consider giving it away for free. It’s a much better option than just dumping it in the trash or letting it sit, unused, in your home.
4. Trade in your old HP printers. You can visit the HP website and check for trade-in options in HP centers around the world. HP accepts trade-ins of old printers (even those from other brands) for newer models—all you have to do is send your old printer, add a little cash and voila! You’ve got a brand new, up-to-date HP printer. There are also other websites and shops that offer good deals and trade-ins for old printers, like Staples.
5. Search for websites or junk shops that offer cash for old printers. There are numerous ads in Craigslist that offer different amounts of cash for your old HP printers or even old ink cartridges. Even Hewlett-Packard site can pay your company for old equipment that you no longer want or need. Old printers that are bought are usually refurbished, fixed and either resold at lower prices or donated to charities.
Do you plan to upgrade to a newer HP printer? Before you throw your old printer out in the trash, consider being a more eco-friendly citizen and recycle or donate it, instead. There are many different ways by which you can recycle printers. Visit the HP website to know more on how to reuse, donate or recycle HP printers.
This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of Office Supplies Information & Resources.