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Lexmark urges Australians to rethink their ink on Earth Day

  • 22 April, 2005 10:47

<p>Sydney – 22 April 2005 – Lexmark tripled its cartridge recycling returns last year, the company announced as part of activities marking the 35th anniversary of Earth Day.</p>
<p>However the company is urging Australians to contribute more for an environmentally sustainable future.</p>
<p>“It is estimated that more than 18 million ink cartridges are thrown away by Australian consumers and businesses each year,” said Graham Kittle, managing director of Lexmark Australia and New Zealand, “While our recycling figures provide a great benchmark for this year’s efforts, there is still ample room for our industry to improve.”</p>
<p>This year marks the third year of the ‘Cartridges for Planet Ark’ program. As part of the program, Lexmark and many of the world’s other large printing companies have partnered with Planet Ark and resource recovery specialist Close the Loop™, to collect and recycle ink cartridges from stores and companies throughout Australia.</p>
<p>The public can support the program by taking used cartridges to participating Australia Post, Officeworks, Harvey Norman, Tandy, Dick Smith Electronic and Powerhouse outlets. A full list of collection outlets are listed at www.RecyclingNearYou.com.au</p>
<p>“Lexmark seeks to lead by example and extend the good work done in the cartridge recycling program throughout all parts of our own business,” said Kittle. “Every aspect of the organisation needs to be reviewed in order to look for further environmental improvements.”</p>
<p>For more information on Lexmark recycling initiatives around the globe please visit: www.lexmark.com/recycling. More information on Planet Ark can be found at: www.planetark.com</p>
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<p>About Lexmark</p>
<p>Lexmark International, Inc. is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of printing solutions -- including laser and inkjet printers, multifunction products, associated supplies and services -- for offices and homes in more than 150 countries. Founded in 1991, Lexmark reported approximately US$4.8 billion in revenue in 2003, and can be found on the Internet at www.lexmark.com</p>
<p>For copies of this and other Lexmark releases, visit the News Room at www.lexmark.com/ap</p>
<p>For further information please contact:</p>
<p>Mark Lenyszyn</p>
<p>Lexmark International Australia Pty Ltd</p>
<p>Tel: +61 2 9930 3500</p>
<p>Email: mlenyszy@lexmark.com</p>

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