Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Lexmark International's Printing Solutions and Services Division, recently released the findings of a Life Cycle

Assessment that looked into the environmental impact of discarded toner cartridges.

The study found that sending a used toner cartridge back to Lexmark for recycling, as opposed to throwing it away,

reduces the overall carbon footprint of that cartridge by up to 60 %. The company runs free collection programs for its

On Lexmark’s website, you can request a prepaid return bag for inkjet cartridges or print a return label for toner

cartridges to send them back to Lexmark for recycling. Lexmark pledges that 100% of the empty cartridges it collects

are either reused or remanufactured for recycling. Also impressive for a company that makes its money by selling

printers, ink and toner cartridges, Lexmark urges customers to print less.

“ Lexmark has made it a priority to educate its customers on what steps they can take to implement responsible

printing practices, such as printing less and recycling, to reduce the negative impact to the environment,” said Mr.

Mohammed Addarrat, General Manager Lexmark International Middle East

Lexmark suggests customers print only what they need, use double-sided prints as possible, and employ digital

document processes and paper-less features such as scan-to-email to share documents. The company also

recommends purchasing the highest-yield ink and toner cartridges, which helps reduce waste.

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