Office Photocopiers – Recycle Safely


In 1937 Chester Carlson, a patent attorney in New York, invented a process called electro photography. In 1938, this was renamed Xerography and the first known photocopy was the “10-22-38 Astoria” was born.

Times Square, New York City, 1938
Times Square, New York City, 1938

The Xerography copying process went on to become one of the most well-known inventions of the 20th century and its estimated that Carlson gave away almost $100 million to charity and foundations before his death in 1968. Well done Chester.

Xerox Machines 

In 1955, Haloid – by then Haloid Xerox – produced Copyflo, the first automated xerographic machine and many other companies followed Xerox into the market over the next 50 years.

Old Photocopier - Recycle IT
Old Photocopier – Recycle IT

Photocopier Recycling 

Companies that manufacture photocopier cartridges and printers began offering recycling services in the early 1990’s. Over the years many businesses developed photocopiers and cartridge recycling services as part of their customer sales, returns an environmental policy.  It may take decades to figure out if these policies are good for the environment, but one thing we can say it’s best to reduce, reuse and recycle!


Today’s photocopiers have developed into a computers with a scanners and printers attached. As with other computers and servers, photocopies have a hard disk drive. This hard drive allows scans of documents and images to be stored on that drive.

As photocopiers are replaced or upgraded the older model which has been in your office for years has a hard drive filled with pages that have been copied over those years. As you might think, some of those pages will contain all sorts business and personal information.


Think about what you might copy – your bank account details, birth certificates, passports, tax forms – As old photocopiers are replaced think about any potential risks which the disposal of the old machine might create for your business and staff.

If you need to safely and cost effectively recycle old photocopies or other electronic or electrical items please call 01 4578321 or email Recycle IT.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT is an award-winning not for profit social enterprise providing a collection and drop off service for all types of waste electrical, electronic and metal items. During the last 18 months Recycle IT offered drop off and collection services to 140,000 homes and organisations in Dublin and surrounding areas collecting a range of WEEE which includes thousands of dishwashers, computers, cables, monitors, microwaves, TV’s and metal items.

Our electrical community collection service is provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT are supported by Pobal, South Dublin County Council and authorized by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow.

To speak with Recycle IT please call 01 4578321 or email us at here

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