Paper Isn’t the Only Way to Save the Earth
There are plenty of reasons to recycle, especially since each person in America generates more than four pounds of garbage a day! When considering office or home recycling efforts, individuals often get bogged down with considerations of paper, plastic, and glass. Another area businesses can make an environmental effort is in office equipment recycling. According to the EPA, every million recycled cell phones recovers 772 pounds of silver along with many pounds of valuable copper, gold and palladium.
What Equipment Can You Recycle?
Outside of hazardous materials, you can recycle almost any piece of office equipment, including:
- Copy machines
- Hard drives
- Telephones and cell phones
- Accessories such as keyboards
- Disks, CDs and other data storage devices
Don’t see an item on the list? Give us a call and we can let you know if it can be recycled.
Where to Recycle
Equipment manufacturers often provide recycling options, especially for businesses that are replacing old equipment with new purchases or leases. As a professional shredding provider, we can take care of these items for you. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also provides support information about office equipment recycling.
Security and Safety Considerations for Office Equipment Recycling
- Prep equipment properly before recycling it to ensure safety and security of your business data. First, wipe hard drives and storage devices of data using appropriate software or magnets.
- Follow any directions from the office equipment recycling vendor or center. You’ll need to remove batteries, toner, and other peripherals. Those items can often be recycled, but require specialty processes to ensure safety.
- Choose a professional destruction specialist (like Sergeant Shredder). We can guaranteed the confidentiality of your data and recycle it for you.
What piece of old office equipment would you like to recycle?