Printers, Copiers & Scanners Illegal in Garbage & Drains E-Waste If your item is in good condition, consider donating it. Did You Know? 3D Printer Can Work on Recycled Plastic 3D printers are all the rage. ReDeTec is a company selling a machine that can recycle plastic waste into a printer filament or ink for 3D printers. Are Printers and Copiers Eco-Friendly? Printers and copiers are two of the most energy-intensive items in the workplace. They also use up a lot of paper: the average office worker uses about one tree’s worth of paper every year. Standard printer ink contains petroleum, which releases volatile compounds into the air.