To celebrate Earth Day, Lexmark today 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 percent.
The company runs free collection programs for its inkjet and toner cartridges. On Lexmark’s website, you can request a prepaid return bag for inkjet cartridges or print a return label for toner cartridges (remember to save the box it came in) 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 Marty Canning, Lexmark vice president and president of its Printing Solutions and Services Division. 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.
Read more about green initiatives in our Earth Day roundup.