By Evan Kopelson on September 17, 2010

The program accepts both functioning and junked printers.
Recycle Your Old Printer at Staples
Last week, I was preparing to write about things we can reuse in the office when our color printer died unexpectedly. My office was nearly closed, but we depend on a working printer and found ourselves in a jam. My boss gave me $300 cash to pick up a new one in the morning before work, and I went home to research printers and prices.

I went to Staples to check out the HP printers. Our dead printer was an older model, the OfficeJet Pro 7590, and handled a heavy-duty workload. My choices for a new printer were to downgrade to the 6500 or upgrade to the 8500. The 6500 is rated for 7,000 pages a month, but it looks like a home printer with a small paper tray, which wouldn’t really work for our needs. The 8500, on the other hand, is a solid machine designed for office use, and it’s touted by HP and Staples as “carbon-neutral printing” with several eco-advantages, including standard double-sided printing and an Energy Star rating for energy efficiency. But the price was $399 before an instant $100 rebate, which means $299 before tax. I didn’t have enough money to get the better model.

This isn’t a printer review article — it’s about reusing and recycling office products. Here’s how I was able to upgrade to the OfficeJet Pro 8500 and still come in under my $300 budget:

Staples and HP are running an incentive for customers who have old printers to recycle. The old printers don’t need to be working. Bring an old printer to Staples and they’ll give you an instant $50 discount on the purchase of a new energy-efficient printer. After the $100 instant rebate and the $50 recycling credit, the HP OfficeJet Pro 8500 cost only $249 plus tax. I returned to work on time with a new printer and some change, coming in under budget and still managing to upgrade our hardware.

When the time comes for a new printer, now you can save money while upgrading to a new energy-efficient model. That’s a win-win.

About the author

Evan was an entertainment lawyer for three years before writing a hit song and retiring from law practice 15 years ago. After that, he spent the majority of his career in the entertainment business as a development executive. Evan left his career behind five years ago and became a yoga teacher, leading classes and workshops on yoga for pain and anxiety. In a twist of fate, Evan says it was yoga that helped him decide to re-enter the corporate world as a sustainable business consultant. Most recently, he consulted for CBS Corporation, leading a major research project on sustainability.

Evan now lives in Venice, CA, in an intentional community focused on yoga, meditation and sustainable living. His blog, Green Media News, offers news and commentary “for people who care” about climate change, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Evan is a freelance writer and passionately believes there is not enough coverage of these issues in mainstream news. He says if he could spend his days writing about energy, water, waste, recycling, composting and sourcing sustainable and reclaimed materials, his life would be “pretty perfect.”

Evan recently covered the COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen for Green Media News and his Current channel. While COP15 was deemed a failure for not producing a meaningful, binding agreement among nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Evan feels the conference was still important because it bonded citizen journalists, NGOs and climate activists in a common cause, providing a clear picture — with the whole world watching — of where climate issues rank today in the priorities of world governments. It is this nascent community, Evan says, that will ultimately drive change.

Evan says the most important quote he ever heard was from Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” He says each of us making daily lifestyle choices based in awareness can change the world, even as our government leaders fail to take action.

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