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Waste & Recycling

Waste Management

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. The data for Lexmark waste generation and disposal over the past several years is indicative of the level of progress we are making toward a zero waste company.

 


 


Our goal is to maintain a minimum of 75% recycling1 rate for waste generated in 2015

waste class graph

Business Waste Management and Recycling Programs

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.

Lexmark’s owned manufacturing and development site programs collect, recycle and reuse these materials
Lexington, Kentucky
  • Cafeteria waste
  • Electronic waste (computers, printers, telephones)
  • Construction waste
  • Metal scraps from tool rooms
  • Aluminum cans
  • Batteries
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Cell phones
  • Employee recyclables from their homes
Boulder, Colorado
  • Waste solvent
  • Food waste
  • Paper towels
  • Scrap Wooden pallets
  • Cardboard
  • Office paper
  • Glass bottles
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic manufacturing trays
  • Printer components
  • Stretch wrap
  • Bulk bags
  • Metal
Juarez, Mexico
  • Cardboard
  • Electronic waste
  • Electronic components (RFID, chips)
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Aluminum cans
  • Batteries
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Cell phones
  • Cartridges
  • Toner
Lexington, Kentucky
  • Cafeteria waste
  • Electronic waste (computers, printers, telephones)
  • Construction waste
  • Metal scraps from tool rooms
  • Aluminum cans
  • Batteries
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Cell phones
  • Employee recyclables from their homes
Boulder, Colorado
  • Waste solvent
  • Food waste
  • Paper towels
  • Scrap Wooden pallets
  • Cardboard
  • Office paper
  • Glass bottles
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic manufacturing trays
  • Printer components
  • Stretch wrap
  • Bulk bags
  • Metal

Juarez, Mexico

Boulder, Colorado
  • Waste solvent
  • Food waste
  • Paper towels
  • Scrap Wooden pallets
  • Cardboard
  • Office paper
  • Glass bottles
  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic manufacturing trays
  • Printer components
  • Stretch wrap
  • Bulk bags
  • Metal

 

To see detailed information on the progress we've made over the past nine years reducing waste generation, click here.

Waste Generation and Recycling Statistics

Lexmark generated a total of 20,292 metric tons of waste in 2015, with 98 percent of the waste generated worldwide being non-hazardous.2 Optimization of facility operations resulted in a reduction in waste, an improvement in efficiency as well as long-term environmental benefits.

Hazardous waste accounts for approximately 2 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 Generation by Classification

waste class graph

Waste Recycling

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 83 percent. In 2015, Lexmark exceeded our recycling-rate goal of 75 percent and increased our reuse amount to 28 percent of our waste.

Waste Treatment by Disposal Method

waste treatment piechart

Development and Production Waste Management and Recycling

Lexmark has established waste management and recycling programs at all our facilities worldwide.

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 such as tissue and paper towels.

1 Recycling includes compost, recycle and reuse disposal methods.
2 Waste data is from 69% of Lexmark’s owned development and manufacturing sites based on square feet.