Fax Machines See Alternatives Illegal in Garbage & Drains Recycle with E-Waste Never Throw in the Trash Fax machines are made with metals that are toxic to the environment when not properly processed, so don’t throw them in the trash. Alternative Ways to Recycle Staples' Take Back Program Staples offers free, in-store recycling for unwanted electronics, including fax machines, desktop computers, tablets, printers and other electronics. Locate your nearest Staples. Canon Consumer Products Recycling Program Canon offers a recycling program for certain consumer products like fax machines; check if they accept your product by typing its name in the finder. Ways to Reduce Send a Fax Electronically Instead of buying a fax machine, send and receive your faxes online with a service like MyFax or eFax for a monthly fee. Opt Out of Junk Faxes If you receive junk faxes from solicitors, opt out of receiving them. By law, companies that send junk faxes must include contact information so the recipient can opt out. To learn more, check out this FCC guide. Use Both Sides of the Paper Create a pile of paper that’s been used on one side next to your fax machine and use it to send faxes. Buy a Used or Quality Fax Machine Look into purchasing a used fax machine that’s in good condition, or buy a fax machine that’s high quality and will last. Both of these options are better for the environment than buying a new piece of equipment that will soon have to be replaced. Did You Know? The Problem of E-Waste E-waste is a dangerous business in India and China, where e-waste recycling plants release toxic chemicals into the air and cause health problems for recycling workers. To learn more about e-waste, check out The Story of Stuff Project.