Printer Copier Green Tips
You can’t get away from it. It has been emblazoned into our consciousness. “Green” is here to stay, and the businesses that readily embrace the concept will be the ones to thrive.
A lot of waste comes from the printer and copier in the office. These are the machines that almost everyone uses. Luckily though, there are advantages to this: i) printer copier parts can be reused and/or recycled (toners, cartridges, paper, etc.); and ii) office green initiatives around them can easily be implemented.
Following are some printer copier green tips that every office can implement pretty easily.
Order Printer Copier Supplies in Bulk: One of the easiest things to do when ordering printer copier supplies is to order them in bulk. What’s the “green initiative” here? To vow to use less, so when you order in bulk you know it has to last until the next quarter, for example.
Making employees aware of your company’s printer copier guidelines helps everyone to get on the same page and really think about how/when they use them.
Purchase Energy Efficient Machines: Big business is smart. Many printer copier manufacturers proudly tout their new energy efficient machines. Office machine suppliers know that green is in. And, to get more of your green, they are happy to make their printer copiers more energy efficient by providing things like auto switch off.
Even if these machines cost a bit more than other machines, if you couple them with green initiatives in your office, you can more than recoup the savings. And, not for nothing, we’re all in this together. How much is a clean planet worth to you and your children?
Service Machines Regularly: Just like your car, if your printer copier is not serviced regularly, it doesn’t function properly. This wastes energy, paper and your time. Having your printer copier serviced according to the manufacturer’s suggestions will keep it in optimum working order.
Shred and Use: One of the best ways to get the most mileage out of wasted copy paper is to shred it and use it as shipping and packaging material.
Recycle Office Machines: Did you know that you can recycle your office machines? This includes your printer copier. It’s a growing trend know as e-cycling.
Imagine every office recycling their office equipment? Worldwide, millions of computer monitors, printers, copiers, fax machines and more are thrown away. If not disposed of properly, this “e-waste” can be hazardous. But perhaps more importantly, this office machinery contains valuable recyclable parts.
What exactly is e-waste? E-waste is becoming an ever more popular phrase used to describe electronic products that are about to outlive their “useful life.” This includes the common office equipment mentioned above, and personal home entertainment equipment like televisions, VCRs and stereos.
Environmental experts state that this is one of the fastest growing segments of waste in the world. This is in part due to the fact that many don’t know how to properly dispose of it.
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