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Image Microsystems e-Waste Recycler

March 25, 2010 08:00 ET

Image Microsystems Named Finalist for the Texas Environmental Excellence Award

Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Names Image Microsystems a Finalist for the Third Straight Year for Their "From e-Waste to e-Product" Program -- Creating Landscaping Pavers, Traffic Safety Markers, Signage Materials, and Other Products From 100% Post Consumer e-Waste Plastic

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - March 25, 2010) -  Image Microsystems -- a leading provider of technology restoration, reverse logistics, e-waste recycling, and recycled plastic products manufacturing -- announced today they have been named a finalist for the Texas Environmental Excellence Award -- the state's highest environmental honor. Through research collaboration with Texas Tech University, the company has designed the world's first manufacturing plant producing recycled products from inkjet printer cartridges and other e-waste plastic.

Hundreds of applications were reviewed and scored by the TCEQ staff. Projects ranking highest were forwarded to the Blue Ribbon Selection Committee for judging. Finalists will receive the 2010 Texas Environmental Excellence award certificate signed by Governor Rick Perry.

"We are truly honored to again be named a finalist for the Texas Environmental Excellence award. It's most rewarding that the TCEQ has selected us for this honor three years in a row! It proves the work we are doing is valued by Texas and the environmental community," CEO Alex Abadi, PhD said. "Image Microsystems is constantly striving to develop innovative manufacturing processes and uses for e-waste material," adds Abadi. "The exponential growth of e-waste in our landfills and in overseas dumping grounds is a serious problem. We are proud that our program helps to ensure that toxic e-waste never ends up where it shouldn't. Our customers appreciate the earth-friendly items we make out of the products we recycle for them."

"Through our research collaboration with Image Microsystems, we have the opportunity to develop cutting-edge programs that benefit both business and academia," said Hong-Chao Zhang, PhD, P.E., Professor of Industrial Engineering and Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Lab at Texas Tech University. "We are pleased that we've been able to contribute to the company's unprecedented success in helping to reduce the impact of e-waste on the environment," continues Dr. Zhang.

Image Microsystems is not only helping the environment, they are also contributing to the reduction of the unemployment rate in the disabled population. Through the company's partnership with the Texas School for the Deaf, Image Microsystems offers paid internships to their students. Upon graduation, the students apply for full time employment. As a result of this effort, over 40% of Image Microsystems' workforce is comprised of deaf and other special needs employees. Learn more about this community effort on the company's YouTube channel.

About Image Microsystems Inc.
Founded in 1992, Image Microsystems Inc. is a reverse logistics and technology restoration leader dedicated to offering innovative solutions to eliminate the legal, financial, and environmental risk associated with information technology and consumer electronics reclamation, recycling, and disposal. For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.imagemicro.com.

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