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Image Microsystems e-Waste Recycler

May 19, 2010 08:00 ET

Image Microsystems Receives Approval From Texas Department of Transportation for First Product in a New Line of Traffic Markers and Sign Substrate Material Made From Recycled e-Waste Plastic

Image Microsystems' Patent Pending MicroStrate™, Made From 100% Post-Consumer e-Waste Plastic, Receives Approval as a "Type C" Traffic Delineator -- Setting the Stage for Launch of Numerous Follow-On Products; Unique Material Enables Businesses, States, and Municipalities to Cost-Effectively Install Truly "Green" Road Markers and Signage -- Enabling Reductions in e-Waste Land-Filling

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - May 19, 2010) -  Image Microsystems -- a leading provider of technology restoration, reverse logistics, e-waste recycling, and recycled plastic products manufacturing -- announced today they have received their first approval by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for a product made from their proprietary MicroStrate™ material.

"We know that every pound TxDOT sends to a landfill costs Texas taxpayers," explained Woody Raine, PE, TxDOT's Recycling Program Coordinator. "That's why we're always on the lookout for recycled-content products that meet our strict performance requirements at competitive prices. Along the way, we don't mind taking a little credit for helping make landfills last longer and supporting programs that employ more Texans," added Raine.

"We are extremely proud to have accomplished this major milestone," confirmed Alex Abadi, PhD, CEO of Image Microsystems. "MicroStrate™ is the culmination of years of research and millions of dollars in investment. It's one more step towards achieving our dream of eliminating e-waste in US landfills and overseas dumping grounds. The added benefit is that the growth of our e-waste recycling business and resulting product manufacturing process helps us to add employees, including those from the deaf and special needs community," concludes Abadi.

Developing programs to employ deaf and special needs workers is nothing new to the company, but merely a continuation of Image Microsystems' long-standing support of the deaf community. Through the company's ongoing 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. You can learn more about this on the company's YouTube channel.

Patent pending MicroStrate™ is a versatile material made completely of recycled e-waste plastic. Image Microsystems' proprietary manufacturing process combines "dirty" plastic found in spent printer cartridges and computer or printer housings and converts it into resilient, cost-effective, earth-friendly products. Dirty plastic is considered valueless in the recycling supply chain and as a result frequently ends up in landfills. Now, purchasers of signage and markers made from MicroStrate™ can save money on a product as tough -- but not as theft-prone as aluminum -- while simultaneously feeling good about contributing to carbon footprint and e-waste reduction.

e-Waste is a large and growing problem. An important study released in early 2010 by the United Nations reports that the amount of e-waste could increase by as much as 500% over the coming decade. As the problem grows, more and more "fake" recyclers enter the picture. Ethical companies such as Image Microsystems have been searching for efficient methods of recycling and uses for e-waste. MicroStrate™ is a result of those efforts.

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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