How to recycle fax machines

Written by jessica reed
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Fax machines and other office equipment all break down over time, especially when constantly used. Whether your fax machine is used in an office setting or at home for personal business, it's important to recycle a broken fax machine to help protect the environment. Fax machines are not as simple to recycle as other materials, however, and it may take a few tries to find a place that will take it. Knowing where to look will speed up your search.

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    Contact the manufacturer of your fax machine, or a local office supply or electronics store and ask if they accept old fax machines to recycle. Ask if they charge a fee and how much that fee is. If the company you work for uses fax machines, ask if they recycle theirs. Ask a manager if they take fax machines from employees to recycle.

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    Contact your local recycling centre and ask if they take fax machines. Take the machine to them if they do and they should recycle it for free. To find a recycling centre near you, try a service such as This website features a search box to find the nearest recycling centre that takes your specific product, such as the fax machine.

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    Donate the fax machine if it still works. Take it to a store that sells used goods, such as Goodwill, or give it to a friend or family member who needs it. By donating, you're not only helping out another person but recycling the item.

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    Contact a recycling company that makes pickups and ask if they can pick up a fax machine from your area. This service works for individuals as well as companies or people who have several fax machines or various office machines to recycle. is one such company that picks up fax machines, along with other electronics, to recycle.

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