Recycling Scanners – Why It’s Important

We certainly live in the electronic age – the number of devices like scanners available these days is staggering. Scanners are widely used in both the public and private sectors. For instance, these electronics can be found in any business that needs to copy images or documents, though they also see heavy use in homes. Full-page, half-page and even hand-held scanners are out there, but what happens when the unit dies? Too often, the answer is that it goes to a landfill. However, scanners can provide considerable benefits even if they’re no longer working.

Used but Functioning Scanners

Recycling programs accept used, functioning scanners on a regular basis. The device will be evaluated to make sure that it is fully functional, and then it will be donated to a charity. The charity can then sell the scanner as a fundraiser, or it can be donated to a worthy cause – many devices end up in schools, in shelters, food banks and other organizations that need the technology but lack the funds to pay for new equipment.

Broken Scanners

Even dead, broken scanners can provide important benefits. Sending these to the landfill not only takes up extra space, but increases the demand for raw materials to make more. When scanners are recycled, they can be broken down for their base components. For instance, glass and metal can be derived from these devices. Even the plastic (the most significant component) can be reused. It can be chopped up and then melted to be used in a variety of different industries.

If you have an old scanner that you are no longer using or one that has ceased to function, consider recycling it. You can help mitigate the demand for raw materials with a broken scanner and, if you have a working model, you can provide some much-needed help for an organization.