Fax Machines Alternative ways to recycle Illegal in Garbage & Drains E-Waste Submit a Transportation Move Request to move electronic waste to B79. For items with DOE property tags, dispose through your Property Coordinator. 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 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. 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.