Epson will buy back old printers to recycle

Printer manufacturer Epson is going to buy back old printers from customers and recycle them in accordance with EU recycling standards, the company said.

Epson announced the buyback program Feb. 9 and said it would apply to business customers buying new Epson equipment, according to a report on the Web site.

The price paid for the old equipment would be decided on a case-by-case basis, presumably based on the age and model of the equipment. Epson will take back the old equipment when it comes to install the new equipment.

The equipment will be recycled under Europe’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive enacted in 2007, the goal of which is to recycle, reuse and/or recover electrical equipment to prevent it from being discarded in landfills.  Epson’s buy back program is available only in the UK.