What You Can Do with Your Old Equipment


Out with the old and in with the new. You need to clear out your out-dated office equipment and replace it with some useful upgrades. But how do you get rid of it all? You have three simple options: trade it, scrap it or donate it.

Trading It

The first option that you should consider is swapping your old office equipment. Go to the original manufacturers or dealers where you bought the equipment. Try to arrange a trade-in — this is where you give them your current pieces in exchange for some upgrades. The manufacturer may not give you a complete exchange, but at the very least, they will offer you an enticing deal for your replacements.

It’s also an effective way of cleaning out the office in a hurry. You don’t have to call up individuals to see if they will take a single office chair or printer. You can purge it all at once.

Scrapping It

If the equipment is in rough condition, scrapping it is your best option. A company like Canada Iron is a scrap metal recycling facility that will collect your unwanted metal equipment and dispose of it appropriately. It will take everything from microwaves to heavy filing cabinets to old electronics. For industrial companies that have large obsolete machines, Canada Iron provides onsite removal of equipment, as well as bins and trucks to remove the equipment properly. Clearing out space for new equipment/machines and better organization of your factory are great reasons to call in a professional recycling company.

If you have obsolete metal as a result of your production processes Canada Iron can provide large bins which can be exchanged on demand to ensure your factory never has down time.

It’s important that you send computers, tablets and similar electronics to an experienced recycling facility. Tossing them in the garbage and sending them to a landfill hurts the environment. One of the simplest ways to deal with a growing e-waste problem is to encourage safe and environmentally-friendly disposal of everyday electronics.

Here are some of the office items that they can take from you:

  • Calculators
  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Fax machines
  • Phones
  • Keyboards
  • Modems
  • Circuit boards

And the best part? You’ll be paid for the value of the materials. The scrap metal recycling company has been weighing materials and paying out customers for decades. You can put those earned funds towards your office upgrades.

Donating It

If the equipment is still in decent condition, you can always donate it. That way, you’ll be clearing up the office and contributing to a good cause. You can do the job anonymously or use it as an opportunity to boost your brand. It lets your clients know that you’re a company that really cares about its community.

Charitable organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Red Door Family Shelter will take gently-used furniture and electronics. Programs like Computers for Schools accept digital devices and redistribute them to schools that don’t have enough funding for tech. There are currently wide disparities in IT resources for schools across the province — certain schools can afford modern equipment and software, and others fall far behind. Your contribution could help close that gap and make life a little easier for students trying to do their research, type up essays and prepare for the world at large.

Don’t just roll the office chairs into the back alley and toss old printers into the bin. There are better ways to clean up the workspace and get new equipment. Look through these options before you start throwing things in the garbage.