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IBM Canada offers product recycling programs for individuals, businesses of all sizes

IBM Canada offers product recycling programs for individuals, businesses of all sizes

15 Feb 2001 -- New programs from IBM Canada Ltd. are encouraging responsible recycling of some of the nearly 45,000 tons of computer equipment Canadians are expected to toss out this year.* The programs will help individuals and businesses of all sizes to conveniently recycle unneeded computer equipment, with some hardware finding new life through donation to schools in Canada. IBM has tailored two programs for customers' specific needs.

The IBM PC Recycling Service for individuals and small-business customers provides several options. Customers can recycle any manufacturer's PC (including system units, monitors, printers and peripherals) for $49.99, including shipping. IBM will also provide a discount of up to 8% on new IBM products to those customers participating in the recycling program. Individuals and small-business customers can purchase the PC Recycling Service by going to www.pc.ibm.com/ca , by calling 1-877-553-6488, or by visiting one of IBM's 29 stores across Canada.

Depending on the computer's age and performance, IBM's PC Recycling Service will reuse, recycle, or arrange for its donation to an elementary or high school through Industry Canada's Computers for Schools program.

With an expected availability date of September 2001, IBM's Global Asset Recovery Services will provide services which will allow mid- and large-sized customers to recycle or sell their computer equipment. Services will be fee-based and priced separately. They can include:

"Over the past few years, customers investing in new technology have become more and more interested in environmentally sensitive ways to recycle their older IT equipment," said Richard Mireault, Senior Manager, IBM Canada Environmental Programs. "We hope that our announcement today will make it much easier for people to recycle this equipment. We also want to ensure that any valuable equipment that is returned is made available to others who can benefit from it."

On a worldwide basis, IBM recycled more than 120 million pounds of equipment parts and machines in 1999, with less than four percent deemed unsalvageable or non recyclable. The company also is designing new upgradeable computer technology to further extend the useful life of its products. IBM is committed to environmental affairs leadership in all of its business activities. It has longstanding corporate policies of providing a safe and healthful workplace, protecting the environment, and conserving energy and natural resources.

* Figure according to a recent study by Enviros RIS for Environment Canada.