An empty laser cartridge is made of around 80% plastic, which can be fully re-manufactured and recycled once it has been collected by individual collective schemes. An empty cartridge gets a new life and is re-manufactured in the same line by the same people, with the same equipment and Lexmark processes ensuring the same quality standard as a new product.
- More than 1/3rd of the printer cartridges sold by Lexmark in Europe are collected after usage for the purpose of being remanufactured or recycled, ensuring 0% landfill and 0% incineration.
- 60% of the collected cartridges are recycled and 40% are remanufactured
- Thanks to the above benefits, Lexmark re-shore the manufacturing of its printer cartridges and last year, 45% of printer cartridges sold by Lexmark in Europe were made in the EU.
- For our customers, this means improved responsiveness and reduced logistics carbon emissions. It used to take 30+ days on the water to get supplies from China to Europe; now our distribution center in Belgium receives supplies from Poland within two days.
- The “Made in EU” approach provides environmental and business benefits as well as job creation.
- Printer cartridges are re-manufactured in the same line as the new ones, by the same people, with the same equipment and process ensuring the same quality standard.
- Recycling a cartridge with Lexmark can divide its carbon footprint by 2.
- By 2020, 75% of Lexmark cartridges that will be placed on the market in the EU will be made in the EU.
- We estimate that the Imaging equipment industry is still land-filling and incinerating 50 k MT of cartridges in Europe, mostly made of plastic. Lexmark intends to move the whole industry on that issue in order to reduce this amount to zero!
- Green public procurement can play a significant role to achieve zero landfill. Concrete measures (e.g. industry targets, incentives) must increase the return rate of empty cartridges and generate more demand for OEM re-manufactured products.
- Lexmark requests industry targets, Green Public Procurement, incentives cross industry initiatives.
Lexmark is a founding member of the Conseil Européen de Remanufacture (CER).
Our joined ambition is to triple the value of Europe’s remanufacturing sector to €100 billion by 2030. We will bring together businesses from every product sector to share knowledge, and seek changes to policy with the aim of making remanufacturing a normal part of a product life cycle.