Never Throw in the Trash
Fax machines are made with metals that are toxic to the environment when not properly processed, so don’t throw them in the trash.
Alternative Ways to Recycle
Staples' Take Back Program
Canon Consumer Products Recycling Program
Canon offers a recycling program for certain consumer products like fax machines; check if they accept your product by typing its name in the finder.
Ways to Reduce
Send a Fax Electronically
Opt Out of Junk Faxes
If you receive junk faxes from solicitors, opt out of receiving them. By law, companies that send junk faxes must include contact information so the recipient can opt out. To learn more, check out this FCC guide.
Use Both Sides of the Paper
Create a pile of paper that’s been used on one side next to your fax machine and use it to send faxes.
Buy a Used or Quality Fax Machine
Look into purchasing a used fax machine that’s in good condition, or buy a fax machine that’s high quality and will last. Both of these options are better for the environment than buying a new piece of equipment that will soon have to be replaced.