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Almost every major manufacturer of printer ink cartridges has their own recycling program in place for their customers. Many may leave you with the wrong impression of their idea of recycling. Most manufacturers do not consider recycling in terms of remanufacturing, but rather in using the materials to ‘generate more energy' – a euphemism for burning them. These printer ink cartridges never make it back on the market.
One manufacturer stands out from the rest in truly recycling their printer ink cartridges – Lexmark. Lexmark is unique in that they work with independent environmental agencies to ensure that each of their printer ink cartridges are remanufactured and re-introduced into the market as a printer ink cartridge. Their recycle process only requires that their customer request the necessary packaging to send it to their facilities. Lexmark pays for postage and gives you the printing labels. They will not incinerate their returns as most do in order to use the plastic for other purposes. You can be sure that when you recycle your printer ink cartridges through Lexmark, they will remain printer ink cartridges when they are ‘recycled'.