Printers, Copiers & Scanners Illegal in Garbage & Drains E-Waste Printers, copiers, and scanners are also considered Household Hazardous 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.