At Lexmark, we’re committed to disposing waste generated by our worldwide facilities in a safe and responsible manner. Our facilities measure and report our generated waste and disposal methods to ensure we are making progress in our overall waste-reduction efforts. Waste management programs at our offices and manufacturing sites promote recycling and provide guidance to ensure our waste is responsibly managed.
Lexmark has established waste management and recycling programs at all our facilities worldwide. Each Lexmark manufacturing or research and development facility has a written plan to address the appropriate handling of waste generated at the site. The plan addresses the handling, storage and/or transportation of waste that is considered hazardous and non-hazardous. The wastes are managed according to international best practice and follow all governmental regulations.
Lexmark continually works toward reducing the quantity of waste generated. Lexmark decreases our waste production by reducing waste at the source and recycling and treating waste in an environmentally safe manner. Our facilities minimize waste through sustainable operations, lean manufacturing techniques and environmental management programs.
Our goal is to maintain a minimum of 75% recycling1 rate for waste generated in 2016.
We achieved a 71% recycling rate for waste generated in 2016.
Lexmark generated a total of 17,602 metric tons of waste in 2016, with 97 percent of the waste generated worldwide being non-hazardous2. Hazardous waste accounts for approximately 3 percent of Lexmark total waste. The primary hazardous waste materials are residues from manufacturing and development processes. Hazardous waste that is generated by Lexmark research and development, and manufacturing facilities is managed by external companies that specialize in the management of hazardous waste.
Waste management data
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Disposal methods for waste are determined through the collaborative efforts of Lexmark and our waste-management partners. Working together, we have identified new opportunities for recycling waste, reducing our usage of incineration and landfill while increasing usage of waste-to-energy recovery where other recycling options are unavailable. Since 2007, Lexmark has increased its waste recycling and reuse rate from 63 percent to 71 percent. In 2016, Lexmark achieved a recycling rate of 71 percent with 11 percent of our total waste reused.
The development, quality testing and manufacturing of Lexmark imaging devices can result in the generation of unique waste streams. Waste from development and production is characterized as chemical waste (toner, component development and manufacturing), paper waste (print testing) or printers and other electronic components (performance and quality testing).
To eliminate hazards to human health and the environment from fires and releases of these waste products, each chemical usage facility provides controls for chemical, petroleum and waste storage tanks. The tanks are installed, operated, inspected and removed according to the specific and applicable governmental regulations. We limit the environmental impact of collected waste by giving it a second life. Chemical waste is primarily processed into usable heat, electricity or fuel through energy recovery. Toner waste is used as an asphalt additive to improve its quality and performance. Paper from print testing is recycled into Lexmark cartridge packaging and paper products.
1Recycling includes compost, recycle and reuse disposal methods.
2 Waste data is from 95% of Lexmark’s owned development and manufacturing sites based on square feet.