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Go Green – Zero Waste To Landfill Recycling

Hagan Business Machines makes it easy for our print management customers to e-cycle by bringing an innovative “Zero Waste to Landfill” recycling program to our area.

Each year, more than 600 million imaging consumables are used in the U.S. and most end up in landfills. This “green thinking” program allows for 100 percent reuse of imaging cartridges; any cartridge from any printer, fax or copier can be recycled with zero waste to landfill. Hagan makes it easy to e-cycle used cartridges by providing placement and pick-up of recycling collection boxes. Toshiba is the only copier manufacturer offering this type of important program, and Hagan Business Machines is proud to be amongst their supporters in this effort.

Once full, e-cycling boxes are sent to a recycling facility where waste is converted into eco-friendly lumber. Close the Loop (a leading global recycler) has patented four different processes for recycling imaging supplies, resulting in a zero waste solution without using thermal destruction, which yields the maximum amount of reusable materials. These hard-to process mixed plastics, toner powders, inks and sponges are used in the company’s patented composite eLumber product, thereby reusing previously unusable materials, preventing them from ending up in landfills or being incinerated. The eLumber is donated 100% to Habitat for Humanity.

Why should your office recycle?

  • More than 3 quarts of oil are used to produce each laser cartridge.
  • The plastic used in each printer cartridge takes more than 10 centuries (that’s 1000 years!) to decompose.
  • 25 million printer cartridges go to land fills each month.
  • Toner cartridge recycling saves over 38,000 tons of plastic and metal from landfills.

Green Printing Strategy

Many businesses are searching for practical ways to cut costs and help the environment. Unfortunately, in a tight economy, it is difficult to adopt green initiatives because of their expense. However, every so often a strategy comes along that helps the environment and bring corporate profits.

What Is a Green Printing Strategy?

A green printing strategy aims at reducing the carbon footprint of office printing. The two biggest areas that can be impacted are paper usage and energy consumption. When these areas are optimized, the environmental and economic impact can be huge.

Reduce Paper Usage

One case of paper uses approximately 60% of a tree and uses 5,690 pounds of greenhouse gases to produce. Furthermore, the average office employee consumes 2 cases of paper each year.

One simple strategy to reduce paper usage is to adjust the default setting on your printers and copiers. Automatic duplexed (two-sided) printing can easily reduce your paper usage by up to 50%. On top of saving trees, this small adjustment can save your company up to $3,000 per year.

Consolidate Printer and Copier Devices

Copiers and printers have to use heat to fuse the toner to paper. In order to produce the heat necessary, large amount of energy must be consumed. The average office copier consumes 285 KWh of electricity each month and an average printer consumes 49 KWh each month. This means a company with 10 copiers and 50 printers spends about $6,000 a year powering these devices.

Many companies have realized that they can consolidate printer and copier devices with Energy Star certified multifunction systems. The smaller printer fleet requires less energy to operate, but is still optimized to handle document volumes. This can easily save about $1,500 in electricity costs each year.

Creating a green print strategy is a great way to save the environment and save money. Contact us today to learn more about how you could benefit.