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Gateway Begins Printer Ink Cartridge Recycling Program

Poway, CA— Helping prevent high-tech waste from hitting landfills, Gateway, Inc. launched the Gateway Ink Cartridge Recycling Program.

Under the new initiative, businesses and consumers will receive a $5 discount for each printer inkjet cartridge they recycle, which is then applied to future ink cartridge purchases. Customers are able to use any of Gateway’s stores nationwide as ink cartridge recycling drop-off centers, and Gateway ensures select used cartridges are recycled in an environmentally responsible manner.

By the end of 2003, more than 400 million cartridges are expected to have been deposited in North American landfills — a number greater than the entire U.S. population, according to the Association of Internet Professionals, a high-tech trade association. Recycling cartridges reduces solid waste, saves taxpayer dollars and conserves natural resources.

Gateway’s Ink Cartridge Recycling Program currently applies to most HP and Epson-branded inkjet printer cartridges sold in Gateway(R) stores.

“Epson is committed to doing its part to preserve the environment,” said John Dillender, vice president, Service and Support, Epson. “We are pleased to partner with Gateway to make it easy for customers to recycle their cartridges and reduce the burden on our environment by converting waste into energy.”

Currently, consumers and small businesses can recycle their computers under the Gateway Recycling Benefit program, launched in 2000. As part of the program, Gateway pays customers $50 toward a new Gateway(R) PC when they bring in their old PC and monitor to a local Gateway store. For more information about the Gateway Recycling Benefit program, visit www.gateway.com/about/coinfo/environmental.shtml.

Businesses and institutional customers can also recycle their computers using Gateway’s Asset Recovery Services program, launched May 19. For a fee of $30 per unit, Gateway will arrive on-site at the business to remove old equipment, palletize it, and ultimately dispose it according to EPA guidelines. Depending on the condition of the equipment and whether it can be refurbished and resold, businesses may also receive credit to apply toward future Gateway hardware purchases.

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