Can I Recycle My Old Printer?

Just bought a new printer for your home or business? You might not realise it, but it’s easy to recycle your old machine. Here’s how.

When it’s time to upgrade any business or home printer, it can be a pain to try and figure out what to do with your older one. Do you throw it in the bin? Try to sell it? Or leave it to gather dust in storage? Instead of taking one of these routes, have you considered recycling your old printer? We’ve included two of the best options you’ve got down below.

Use a Manufacturer’s Printer Recycling Scheme

One of the easiest ways to recycle your printer is to take advantage of a manufacturer’s recycling scheme. You will be able to find out more about the manufacturer’s stance on recycling and returns on their website. Alternatively, it might state this within the literature that came with your old printer. If you have previously purchased a HP printer for your business, then you can use their Business Equipment recycling scheme. Their Recycling Services team will help create a custom recycling programme, which includes asset destruction and safe disposal.

If the printer you are replacing was bought for the home or home office, then you can use HP’s Consumer and Home Office Equipment recycling programme. It includes various recycling options for used equipment such as printers and provides free drop-off options for many countries across Europe under the European WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive.

Use a Verified WEEE Collection Point

Due to WEEE regulations, manufacturers and producers of electronic goods within Europe are required to collect used electrical equipment such as old printers from recognized WEEE collection points to recycle the goods. If you are recycling a business machine, then you can visit any WEEE Disposal Recycle Location and drop any items off to be recycled.

There are also several companies that will offer the safe disposal of old printers and other electronics, but they may charge a fee to collect it and send it for recycling. Where possible, HP and other manufacturers will attempt to re-use parts of the old printer or refurbish it. Some companies will also donate any reusable electronics to charity.

To locate your nearest WEEE disposal point, visit

For more information on WEEE regulations, click here.

Sam Rose