How to Recycle Old Printers for Cash

Printing is becoming a less and less common necessity in the regular business place. Cloud computing and downsizing in business has meant printing has, in some cases, become redundant and in others, unaffordable. Alternatively you could just need a new printer and want to get something back for the old one. Recycling old printers for cash is more than possible with a little bit of research and advice.

Recycling old computer hardware is much simpler than you may think. Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) regulations set out by the European Union put in place rules that have to be stuck to so there should be scope for picking up some cash as well as recycling rather than simply dumping your old printer.

WEEE Disposal

All producers of electrical and electronic equipment are required by law to collect used equipment from a recognised WEEE collection point for recycling. Business and individual customers however are required to get their waste to the WEEE recycling centres.

You could simply visit your local recycling centre but then you’ll be losing out when it comes to getting cash back and there are plenty of different opportunities to help you make some money to put towards your new purchases.

There are a number of specialised companies specialising in WEEE disposal where instead of simply handing over your printer for nothing, you do so for a fee. Companies such as Discovery Computer Services offer a full buy back scheme for all unwanted or unneeded computer hardware including your old printers.

Alternative ways of recycling your old printer include selling it on to another business or domestic user or using it against the purchase of a new one. Some manufacturers do offer take-back schemes but the rates are often less favourable than those WEEE disposal specialists. You may be able to conduct a sort of part exchange with the manufacturer but this won’t work if you’re looking to try out a different model or simply don’t need the equipment at all anymore.

It’s also important to note that when you recycle your equipment with a reputable WEEE disposal company they should carry out full data erasure, essential if your printer has a hard drive.

Make some cash back on your old printers and be assured they’re being used in an ethical and eco-friendly way.