Lexmark changes the way we use plastic by putting returned materials back into products and keeping it out of landfills. Since 2010, Lexmark reintroduced more than 2,000 metric tons of recycled plastic into new parts for Lexmark supplies.
Post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic is recovered from empty cartridges returned by customers through the Lexmark Cartridge Collection Program (LCCP) located at Lexmark’s recycling facility in Juarez, Mexico. In 2015, the LCCP facility began an in-house plastic extrusion process to grind and pelletize PCR plastics for integration into new parts.
In addition to protecting natural resources from being mined or extracted, Lexmark PCR plastic is a safe and high-quality material. In 2016, Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certified this Lexmark PCR resin for use at a rate of 100 percent for print cartridge components, making it the first UL-certified 100 percent recycled resin to be processed in-house. Currently 27 Lexmark components are produced with up to 100 percent closed-loop PCR plastic, reducing the need for nearly 500 metric tons of virgin plastic.
Lexmark is an industry leader in the use of reclaimed plastic in our cartridges with over 90 percent of Lexmark designed and manufactured toner cartridges containing at least some post-consumer recycled plastic content. Conserving plastics for reuse demonstrates Lexmark’s commitment to the environment and helps our customers reduce their carbon footprint. Lexmark is consistently recognized around the globe for our sustainability leadership, and our customers cite this commitment as a key factor in doing business with us.