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Texas Eastman

Year Submitted: 2003

Process: Laser Printers Cartridges

Industry: Chemical Manufacturing

Wastes Reduced: Solid Waste

Substance: Toner Cartridges

Location: Longview, Harrison County TX

No. of employees: 2700

Contact: Glenn Phillips

Phone: (903) 237-5351


At Texas Eastman many laser toner cartridges are used throughout the plant. The laser printer system contains a large plastic cartridge that contains graphite like "toner". Texas Eastman accumulates 250-300 used laser cartridges each year. The toner material is regulated as a toxic material and the used cartridge is a hazardous waste. After a lengthy search, an agreement was reached with East Texas Cartridge for the sale of used cartridges.

Environmental Benefits:

Texas Eastman converted a hazardous waste which would need to be landfilled into a saleable by-product.

Details of Reductions

Additional Information :

The annual sales value of the cartridges is $500 and the reduced landfill costs are $3,000.

Source: TCEQ

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