30,000-50,000 tonnes of printer cartridges end up in landfill

Lexmark estimates that 30,000-50,000 tonnes of printer cartridges end up in landfill each year as a result of the industry’s poor rate of collection from customers. Initiatives that Lexmark has adopted to reduce cartridge waste include a recycling scheme - Cartridge Collection Program (LCCP), which has a recycling rate of 35% and zero returned-cartridges to landfill, and Lexmark sells Lexmark Corporate Cartridges, which contain up to 90% reused components.

Lexmark said it has called on the European Commission for legislative and regulatory changes to address the issue. These changes include EU action to require: All suppliers to provide a free take-back facility for cartridges sold in Europe; All printer cartridges sold in Europe by 2020 to include 50% remanufactured components or be recyclable; and, Compulsory environmental criteria to be introduced into public procurement requirements for printer cartridges.

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