Printers, Copiers and Scanners Alternative ways to recycle Illegal in Garbage, Recycling & Drains E-Waste Printers, copiers, and scanners are e-waste that can be disposed of through the County Household Hazardous Waste Program. If your item is in good condition, consider donating it. Alternative Ways to Recycle Epson Recycling Program Send back Epson products for free recycling, including printers, scanners and projectors. Learn more about Epson’s program and request a pre-paid shipping label here. 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 use up a lot of paper: The average office worker uses about one tree’s worth of paper every year. Standard printer ink also contains petroleum, which releases volatile compounds into the air.