Geneva, 19. January 2016
- All suppliers to provide a free take-back facility for cartridges they place on the European market
- All printer cartridges sold in Europe by 2020 to include 50% remanufactured components or be recyclable
- Compulsory environmental criteria to be introduced into public procurement requirements as they relate to printer cartridges
- Remanufacturing and recycling of products to be promoted by user labelling intended to guarantee quality operating performance
- Disposal of printer cartridges to landfill or incineration without energy recovery to be made illegal by providing incentives for suppliers to collect and reuse their products.
- The LCCP collection rate is 35%, nearly twice the industry average, and none of the cartridges returned to Lexmark are sent to landfill or for incineration
- Recycling a used Lexmark toner cartridge reduces its total carbon footprint by more than 50%
- Lexmark’s Corporate Cartridges can include up to 90% of reused components and 92% percent of all Lexmark cartridges contain post-consumer recycled content
- Remanufacturing is a core part of Lexmark’s business. By 2018 Lexmark aims to reuse 50% by weight of returned cartridges – up from an industry leading 34% today (Lexmark Lifecycle Assessment).*
“The concept of the circular economy is something that Lexmark has supported since it was founded in 1991 and the remanufacturing of printer cartridges has been at the core of the company’s business strategy since Day 1. With the European Commission having now published its new proposals for promoting the circular economy the timing is perfect to call on the printer cartridge industry in Europe to support measures to curb waste by encouraging reuse and recycling. We now call on our industry to promote sound practice and good policy to alleviate the issues around printer cartridge waste and the poor rates of collection and reuse.” – Udo Schlauch, General Manager, EMEA Annuities & Channel, Lexmark.
From Zero Waste Europe:
“Zero Waste Europe supports Lexmark’s initiative to preserve the energy and resources embedded in laser cartridges through reuse and recycling. Today producer responsibility schemes cover only 32.5% of municipal solid waste2 and hence there is room to enlarge the scope and set concrete reuse and recycling targets for this waste stream.
We call on the European Commission to consider applying Extended Producer Responsibility legislation to printer cartridges in order to close the material loop in this sector.” – Joan Marc Simon, ZWE’s Director
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1 Infotrends primary Study 2011 WE Supplies Recycling and 2014 complementary study on remanufacturing and recycling