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Lexmark joins ANZRP as founding member to continue commitment to sustainability and environmental protection

Lexmark joins ANZRP as founding member to continue commitment to sustainability and environmental protection

SYDNEY, Australia – 18 June 2012 – Lexmark International today announced it has joined the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) as a founding member, to continue its long-standing commitment to sustainability and help reduce the environmental impact of printer and multi-function printer (MFP) hardware in Australia.  As a member of ANZRP, Lexmark will be compliant with the Federal Government’s new National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, due to begin in July 2012.

The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme involves a combination of government regulation and industry action to take responsibility for the collection and recycling of waste televisions, computers, printers and computer products.  Consumers and small businesses will be able to drop these items free of charge at designated access points.

ANZRP has been formed by the Australian Information Industry Association’s Environmental Special Interest Group (AIIA E-SIG) members, for the sole purpose of enabling its members to meet their obligations under the federal scheme.

Lexmark has been working with other members of the AIIA E-SIG in the IT industry over the past 10 years to proactively develop this e-waste recycling program with Australian government.

Carmel Mosser, General Manager for Lexmark Australia and New Zealand, said, “We are proud to be a founding member of ANZRP, because we take very seriously our commitment to sustainability and the environment.  We strive to implement and maintain industry-leading environmental practices that not only relate to our products, but to everything we do, everywhere in the world.  This is reflected in the fact that we live by the philosophy of ‘Print less, save more’.

“We are continually working with customers to help them print less, save money and minimise their impact on the environment, and we stand tall as founding participants of many local and global sustainability initiatives.  The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme is just another example of that commitment, and we look forward to working with ANZRP and alongside our partners and industry peers to continue this journey.”

Lexmark’s participation in the National TV and Recycling Scheme extends the international Lexmark Equipment Collection Program into Australia.

This initiative adds to a list of existing local and global environmental programs to which Lexmark belongs or contributes. Customer programs include:

         Cartridges 4 Planet ARK – Lexmark is a founding member of this world-leading program to recycle printer cartridges to prevent them ending up in landfill

         Byteback – Lexmark is a founding member of this free service to consumers to take back their computer hardware. Byteback effectively acted as a Victorian-based pilot for the National TV And Computer Recycling Scheme

         AIIA E-SIG – this industry group has pioneered the development of the National TV and Computer Recycling Program as well as the ANZRP as a company and Lexmark has been involved with the AIIA E-SIG since its inception.

Lexmark’s commitment to the environment extends beyond its customer programs, to include its own operations and communities. Lexmark takes seriously its responsibility to the environment, factoring sustainability and environmental protection into facility upgrades, along with the development of environmentally beneficial technologies and supporting programs. Some of the key outcomes of this commitment include:

         All Lexmark owned and leased manufacturing facilities have received ISO 14001 certification.

         Lexmark incorporates Design for the Environment (DfE) principles into its standard manufacturing process.

         Since July 1, 2006, all Lexmark products, including ink and toner cartridges, have been fully compliant with the Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive.

         All of Lexmark’s laser printing products meet the noise requirement in the Blue Angel specification. Lexmark products are certified to a number of other voluntary environmental certifications worldwide including the Australian Packaging Covenant, the Canada Eco Logo (CCD-035), China certification HJ/T 302-2006, Korea EcoMark and Taiwan Green Mark.

         Lexmark was selected for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Enlarged Index (DJSI World Enlarged) and recognised as a Sustainability Leader in the 2012 Sustainability Yearbook

         Lexmark has reduced its total greenhouse gas emissions in its operations by 29 percent from 2005 to 2011.

         Lexmark has reduced its total annual energy consumption by 16 percent since 2007.

         Lexmark has achieved a 39 percent reduction in water usage from 2005 to 2011.

Lexmark has also established a number of internal programs to recognise and encourage sustainability and environmental practices as well as supporting key global initiatives such as Earth Hour across the organisation.

Lexmark’s latest Corporate Social Responsibility Report is available here.

About Lexmark

Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK) provides businesses of all sizes with a broad range of printing and imaging products, software, solutions and services that help customers to print less and save more. Perceptive Software, a stand-alone software business within Lexmark, is a leading provider of enterprise content management software that helps organizations easily manage the entire lifecycle of their documents and content, simplifying their business processes, and fueling greater operational efficiency. In 2011, Lexmark sold products in more than 170 countries and reported more than $4 billion in revenue.

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Rachel York
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