Given I’m virtual I don’t do a lot of printing. Most things are dealt with via email and I only really print out any kind of legally binding email, or my invoices, bank statements etc.
I have a Canon MG3260 – an older machine but does the job because it colour prints and also scans and copies. Nice and compact so doesn’t take up a lot of room. I also liked that it had two ink cartridges: black and colour so you only need to replace the one that’s out. Here’s where my problem began.
I felt like I was changing cartridges every other month! How could this be? I don’t print much! So last cartridge change I decided to make a note of when I did a replacement – 29 December. By then the majority of clients were on leave, and I left to go away for a week shortly thereafter. I got back to work on 16 January. Between then and now (1 February) I have printed maybe 20 pages – okay let’s be generous and say 40. Most were black and white.
On 30 January my printer told me my colour ink cartridge needed replacing. :-O
I checked the supply levels – not only was the new colour cartridge showing completely empty but black was looking pretty sad too!!
I called Canon Australia and they were incredibly helpful. They confirmed the colour cartridge should be lasting around 180 pages. There was no way on earth I could’ve printed that many pages in just ten days back at work. They suggested if the machine had never been serviced I might want to consider it, as perhaps the printer had an issue with reading the amount of ink left or drawing it through from the cartridge. They even found my nearest service centre for me.
Today I called them and they were likewise very helpful. However, they indicated it would cost me $65.45 up front assessment fee, then if they found anything wrong, parts on top of that.
Here’s a screenshot of the first page of a search of a local retailer for Canon printers. Why would I pay $65.45 to service my old dinosaur when for a fraction more I can purchase a new one under warranty….?
I don’t need a back up printer so this one needs to get dumped. 🙁 But I don’t want it just going into landfill!
According to Planet Ark Australians are some of the largest consumers of tech in the world and purchase over 2.4 million computers every year. Add to that accessories like printers, and mobile phones, and this makes electronic waste or e-waste a growing problem.
I did a search for “what to do with old printers” and found this brilliant site: Recycling Near You – I just popped in my postcode and a list of places came up that take computers and accessories for recycling including Council-run waste transfer stations and local businesses. I gave our local business a call to check and they said just stick the printer in the bin out the back and the TechCollect people come and empty the bin regularly! From the site:
TechCollect is a free national recycling service for computers, computer accessories and TVs (e-waste), established by Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) in response to the Federal Government’s National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS). It is the only not-for-profit industry-backed e-waste recycling service approved under the Scheme.
TechCollect is funded and supported by many of the world’s leading computer and TV companies, many of whom are already leaders in corporate social responsibility and global product stewardship. TechCollect partners with local councils and waste management organisations across Australia to provide its service to households and businesses.
So next time you need to upgrade or replace worn out computers and peripherals, don’t forget TechCollect and the Recycling Near You site! Your local Post Office will also take old mobile phones and batteries, as well as used printer cartridges.
©Lyn Prowse-Bishop – www.execstress.com