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 provided Lexmark the opportunity to bring our excess toner back to life on the streets of our Lexington campus with 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.
Lexmark creates our products and services with minimal waste through innovative closed-loop processes. Rethinking how we lengthen the lifespan of our products without changing their inherent properties is evident in this novel approach to toner reuse. In 2016, Lexmark captured 779 metric tons of toner from recycled printer cartridges and manufacturing processes with 88 percent (685 metric tons) being used by Close the Loop to create TonerPave.