What You Need to Recycle in Your Home Office

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Last Updated on August 26, 2023 by Ellen

Do you know what you can and can’t recycle in your home office? When I worked outside of the home, there were recycle buckets everywhere telling us what we should recycle.

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Now that I work at home, it’s not quite that simple any longer. Of course, I know that junk mail and other paper products need to be recycling. But, what else should I recycle besides traditional household products?

What You Need to Recycle in Your Home Office

Recycle in Your Home Office

Each municipality will have different requirements when it comes to recycling so it’s always best to check with your town to be certain. Or, if you pay for private trash pick up, ask your trash service.

How can I recycle in my office?

So, if you work at home, it’s simply a matter of adding a recycling tote to your office area. If you work out of the home, speak to your human resource office to find out who the right person is to speak to at your job.

What You Need to Recycle in Your Home Office

How do you know if something is recyclable?

These items are commonly recyclable in every town or through online programs:

What You Need to Recycle in Your Home Office

Paper, junk mail, and newspaper

To save paper, set your printer to print on both sides of the paper and make sure that you use notepaper on both sides before you recycle it. If you receive packages in the mail, make sure that you recycle any corrugated cardboard boxes that you receive shipments in.

Ink cartridges in a printer or copy machine

Toner and ink cartridges

We take all of our toner and ink cartridges back to our local office supply store. We earn money back this way. Next, you can purchase refillable toner cartridges and have them filled again when they run out.

Different types of batteries can be recycled in the home office

Recycle Batteries

Batteries are considered hazardous waste and cannot be thrown in the garbage. So, look for special hazardous waste collection days in your area. You can also use rechargeable batteries.

Obsolete electronics

You should not throw away old printers, computers, mice, keyboards or other technology products. So, check with the manufacturer to see if they have a buyback or recycling program in place for older products. Or, consider donating them to a school, senior center or local non-profit program. Before you dispose of old electronics, do a digital spring cleaning.

Computer, laptop, kindle, smartphone

Trade-in programs

If you don’t have a way to recycle old technology, consider trade-in programs like Gazelle. Gazelle is the nation’s leading consumer electronics reCommerce site, providing an easy, fast and safe way for consumers to get cash for their used electronics or buy certified pre-owned devices at an affordable price and without any strings attached. Click here to see Gazelle’s chart on trade-in values based on capacity

Containers to recycle in your home office

If your business doesn’t provide containers or you work at home, you’ll want a few large plastic tubs to get started. So, check out these recycling containers and get started today. Learn how to make a creative workspace in your home.

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2 thoughts on “What You Need to Recycle in Your Home Office

  1. As someone who uses a lot of electronics, I can see the point of recycling the old ones that I no longer use. Since they’re made with expensive materials, taking them to someone who can reuse them will be a lot better than making them go to waste. I’ll work with a local copper recycling expert for sure once I find the old models that are no longer used.

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