<p><span class="xn-location">RICHMOND</span> HILL, Ontario, <span class="xn-chron">April 22</span> /CNW/ -- A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) recently commissioned by Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK) to better understand the environmental impact of its toner cartridges has shown just how significant the benefit to the environment can be by recycling a used toner cartridge. The Lexmark LCA cartridge study(1) demonstrates that sending a used Lexmark toner cartridge back to Lexmark for recycling, as opposed to discarding it in a landfill, reduces the overall carbon footprint of that cartridge by up to 60 percent(2).</p>
<p>An LCA is designed to evaluate the environmental impact of a product throughout its lifetime - from raw materials extraction, production, distribution and use, until end of life.</p>
<p>"Printer users need to first understand the impact of their current practices on the environment before they can assess what behaviors need to be changed," said <span class="xn-person">Marty Canning</span>, Lexmark vice president and president of its Printing Solutions and Services Division. "Lexmark has made it a priority to educate its customers on what steps they can take to implement responsible printing practices, such as printing less and recycling, to reduce the negative impact to the environment."</p>
How Customers Can Help
<p>Lexmark encourages its customers to follow these tips for reducing their overall carbon footprint from everyday printing:</p>
-- Recycle empty Lexmark toner and inkjet cartridges through the Lexmark
Cartridge Collection Program instead of sending them to a local waste
-- Print only what is necessary, and print double-sided on the paper as
much as possible.
-- Print several pages in one using the multi-up printing function.
-- Favor digital document processes, and use features such as
scan-to-email to share documents.
-- Use the highest-yield ink and toner cartridges available as opposed to
those with standard yields. Fewer cartridges will need to be used over
the life of the device, which creates less waste and conserves raw
Lexmark's Commitment to Responsible End-of-Life Management
-- The Lexmark Cartridge Collection Program diverts millions of Lexmark
toner and inkjet cartridges from landfills each year, making it easy
for customers to return used print cartridges for reuse or recycling.
The program is free and available in more than 50 countries.
-- Lexmark follows a zero landfill practice for all of the cartridges
are returned to the company. One hundred percent of the cartridges
Lexmark collects through this program are either reused or
demanufactured for recycling.
-- In select locations, Lexmark also offers the Lexmark Equipment
Collection Program. Customers can return their Lexmark-branded
to Lexmark by whatever shipping method is most convenient for them,
Lexmark recycles the equipment for free.
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<p>Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK) provides businesses of all sizes with a broad range of printing and imaging products, solutions and services that help them to be more productive. In 2009, Lexmark sold products in more than 150 countries and reported approximately <span class="xn-money">$4.0 billion</span> in revenue. Learn how Lexmark can help you get more done at <a href="http://www.lexmark.ca">www.lexmark.ca</a>.</p>
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<p>(1) The study was conducted by WSP Environment and Energy in compliance with ISO 14044 and ISO 14040 guidelines, including a critical review by a third party, Clear Carbon Consulting.</p>
<p>(2) This carbon emissions measurement excludes paper consumption during the use phase of the cartridge life cycle.</p>
For further information: For further information: Mark Lavigne, Lexmark Canada, +1-905-841-2017, firstname.lastname@example.org Web Site: http://www.lexmark.ca