Dedicated to maximizing the reuse of our customer’s returned toner cartridges, Lexmark worked
with our longtime sustainability partner, Close the Loop, to collaborate on ways to reuse toner.
Close the Loop, with a global reputation for providing creative end-of-life product recycling
services, developed TonerPave, an asphalt additive composed of recycled tires, toner powder
and recycled oil. This innovative additive provides Lexmark the opportunity to bring the excess
toner back to life as a new product.
In 2015, Lexmark’s Lexington campus became the first commercial application of TonerPave in
North America. Roads with TonerPave have superior characteristics to comparable roads with
virgin raw materials. The addition of toner improves the quality and performance of asphalt, with
an environmental benefit of lowering its greenhouse gas emissions at no additional cost.
In 2015, Lexmark captured 798 metric tons of toner from recycled printer cartridges and
manufacturing processes with 91 percent (724 metric tons) being used by Close the Loop to
The TonerPave project was recognized as a 2016 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award winner
(ML100) in the Sustainability category. The Manufacturing Leadership Council honors 100
businesses that shape the future of global manufacturing each year.
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