October 26, 2015
The OEM provided statistics and information about its empties collection system for a document explaining the remanufacture of inkjet and toner cartridges, produced by the Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse.
The document provides an infographic showing how used cartridges can be taken back and remanufactured by aftermarket companies and OEMs alike to be reused by the end-user, creating an ‘open loop’ alternative to the typical linear economy. It also says that around 70 percent of the waste from used cartridges go to landfill or are incinerated.
Lexmark provided statistics for the size of the EU toner and inkjet cartridge market, valued at €4.3 billion ($4.7 million) and €5.4 billion ($5.9 billion) respectively, with the remanufactured market around 16 percent of the market and 22 percent of units for toner, and around 11 percent and 21 percent of units for inkjet.
The OEM also gave a case study about its Corporate Cartridge lease model “which supports the collection of [the] product”, with cartridges containing “up to 90 percent reused components and materials” and supporting 300 jobs at Lexmark’s site in Zary, Poland.
The CRR also cited from ETIRA’s website the estimate that “there are two to three thousand European remanufacturers, potentially employing 13 to 20-thousand people”.
Lexmark offers the Corporate Cartridge through its lease-model which supports the collection of products, with the cartridges containing up to 90 percent reused components and materials able to support 300 jobs at its (re-)manufacturing site in Zary, Poland.
The document also suggested “policy levers” to support remanufacturing, including “clarity on the policy for movement of core” across the EU, requiring remanufactured and reused content in public procurement, economics incentives such as VAT reductions on aftermarket products, and eco-design measures such as Eco-label standards, and requiring publication of expected product and life and duration of spare parts availability.
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