What Should You Do With Your Old Printer?

Chicago print repair

If your old printer has finally seen its final day of faithful service and you're ready to send it out the door, you may be wondering what to do next.

Non-working imaging technologies can't just sit on the curb for the next trash pick-up day, so what should you do? Here are a few tips to make the process a little bit easier.


Printers, copiers, and other imaging devices contain elements and chemicals that can enter our soils and water when sent to a landfill. And with some toner cartridges expected to take as many as a thousand years to break down in a landfill, recycling has become a popular choice. If your equipment provider has determined that print repair is no longer an option, recycling is the next logical choice.


If your printer still has some useful life ahead of it, any number of Chicago's nonprofit organizations would be happy to have it. Schools, parent-teacher organizations, and local service groups often operate under very tight budgets, directing most of their donations to core objectives. With little left over to fund their offices, they'd welcome the chance to gain access to a working printer.

First Things First

We've given you some practical tips for offloading your aging printers, but there's a critical security step that must happen before sending your device out the door. Today's printers save an image of every document that passes through their scanner. An unauthorized user could quickly gain access to the hard drive and all of your confidential data. Contact your Chicago area equipment provider to find out how to scrub or overwrite the data contained on your printer's hard drive before it leaves your office.

At Proven Business Systems, we make it our goal to provide our Chicago area clients with the highest level of print repair and service available in the industry. Contact us for assistance today!

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