Buying recycling equipment used can be a great strategic move to reduce costs of recycling materials such as office paper, while keeping an organization’s bottom line equipment costs low. The biggest problem in buying used recycling equipment is, of course, finding a trustworthy seller, who will service the machines they sell an organization, and possibly provide ancillary supplies, such as marked bins for various types of waste materials, like paper, glass, and plastic.
As with pretty much everything these days, you can find listings and recommendations of dealers selling recycling equipment used on the Internet, often with explanations of what standards they hew to and what specific recycling and governmental guidelines their machines serve. These resellers often have a wider choice of machines and parts available for a job, and often have access to brands of equipment not readily available in a specific country. Often, these dealers offer guarantees at least as strong as the original manufacturer, and you are less likely to be just a number to them. Further, their mechanics and technicians are likely to have a wider knowledge base than those working for a specific manufacturer since they work on many pieces of equipment from multiple manufacturers.
Buying recycling equipment used will allow your organization a shot at getting top of the line equipment at a price it can afford. When you are talking about machinery that costs tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars new, buying used recycling equipment can have an immense impact on an organization’s bottom line by saving that organization thousands of dollars that can then be put to other uses. This holds true whether you are purchasing the equipment as is or having it refurbished before delivery. Also, buying recycling equipment used helps an organization further its own policy by recycling equipment that had been used at another time and place, rather than causing more equipment to be newly manufactured. It can also make the difference between a smaller organization having or not having a recycling program at all.
Purchasing recycling equipment used not only is a good policy for the equipment itself, but for the parts and supplies used to maintain the machines. If a used machine is properly maintained, it can have an over 99% uptime, minimizing problems at all steps of its processes, and maximizing the cost-effectiveness of the machine itself.
For most smaller organizations, and even for large ones, buying their recycling equipment used, whether over the Internet or in person at a local used equipment and parts reseller/broker, is an idea whose time has clearly come.