Gateway Issues Credit to Recover Old PCs
Poway, CA— Businesses can now get something for
their mothballed microchips with the launch of the Gateway Asset Recovery
Under the new program, business and institutional customers
of Gateway, Inc. benefit by getting Gateway credit for their old PCs,
on-site removal and the peace of mind that their machines will be broken
down and recycled in an environmentally responsible way.
Gateway's Asset Recovery Services program features two
components - End of Life (EOL) Certified Disposal and Used Equipment Remarketing
Service. EOL Certified Disposal removes and recycles outdated hardware
in compliance with changing local, state, federal and U.S. EPA guidelines,
while also cleaning data from hard drives to protect confidential information.
Used Equipment Remarketing Service provides cash or credit toward future
Gateway hardware purchases depending on the condition of the equipment
and whether it can be refurbished and resold.
"We used Gateway Asset Recovery Services to upgrade
to Gateway Profile 4 computers in service agencies city-wide - from the
mayor's office to our municipal courts to the city zoo," said Neil
Wilson, user system consultant II for the City of Topeka. "Gateway
collected the old units, scrubbed information from the machines, insuring
that the city's confidential data was completely removed, and then gave
us credit for the units they were able to refurbish and resell. So far,
we've made money on our old computers."
The U.S. EPA estimates that computers and other electronic
equipment account for about 220 million tons of waste per year in the
United States, and that 75 percent of obsolete electronics are still gathering
dust in storerooms. Unlike many asset recovery programs that send discarded
equipment to landfills, Gateway ensures that every unit of unusable hardware
is recycled, including most items containing toxins, such as CRT monitors,
circuit boards and toner cartridges. In addition, the break-down process
itself leaves no waste.
Pricing for Gateway Asset Recovery Services is $30 per
unit. Used Equipment Remarketing Service credits are applied separately
from service fees.
Gateway continues to seek ways to minimize the environmental
impact of its products. In 2000, Gateway launched its Gateway Recycling
Benefit program, which pays customers $50 when they purchase a new Gateway
PC and recycle or donate their old PC and monitor, whatever the brand
Gateway has also initiated community recycling events
through its network of retail stores, where customers can bring old PCs
to be recycled and receive rebate-credits to buy a new Gateway PC.