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

0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Evan was an entertainment lawyer for three years before writing a hit song and retiring from law [...]
Learn more about Evan Kopelson

Related Articles

Comments

There are no comments for this post yet


Articles by Evan Kopelson

Recycle Your Old Printer at Staples for an Instant $50 Credit!

By Evan Kopelson on September 17, 2010

The program accepts both functioning and junked printers.

The Greenest Dog I Know

By Evan Kopelson on July 15, 2010

How a neighbor's dog changed this writer's perception on green pet care.

Border Grill Does Green Right

By Evan Kopelson on July 2, 2010

Sustainable food, food waste conservation and biodegradable packaging are just a few green elements of this California cuisine spot.

Recycling Articles

How to Recycle Mattresses

By Sophia Bennett on April 17, 2014

Nearly all of any given mattress can be recycled. Learn about the process, and what you can do to ensure your old mattress is properly recycled.

How to Recycle Motor Oil

By Sophia Bennett on April 15, 2014

In the U.S., an estimated 61% of used motor oil is dumped — not recycled — yet drop-off points are located all across the country.

461 Colleges and Universities Nationwide Recover 89.1 Million Pounds of Organic and Recyclable Materials During RecycleMania

By 1-800-RECYCLING on April 14, 2014

During this 14th annual tournament, updated weekly rankings allowed schools to track their performance in eight categories measuring their recycling rate.

Current News

461 Colleges and Universities Nationwide Recover 89.1 Million Pounds of Organic and Recyclable Materials During RecycleMania

By 1-800-RECYCLING on April 14, 2014

During this 14th annual tournament, updated weekly rankings allowed schools to track their performance in eight categories measuring their recycling rate.

Recycling Profile: Nashua, NH

By 1-800-RECYCLING on April 11, 2014

Nashua's single-stream curbside recycling program could be a model for other programs around New Hampshire.

Recycling Profile: Virginia Beach, VA

By 1-800-RECYCLING on April 4, 2014

Virginia Beach has a solid curbside recycling program in place, but waste diversion rates remain low.

Loading