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    a leading manufacturer of printers, LCD projectors and other imaging
    products, is extending the box collection element of its
    Collect&Recycle initiative to include empty ink cartridges from its
    Large Format Printers (LFPs). The initiative starts in the second half
    of September and will cover all models in the range.

    The Epson
    Collect&Recycle initiative has been running in Europe since
    February 2006 and has now become part of the company’s Environmental
    Vision 2050 sustainability programme. It operates a free box collection
    service across Europe and South Africa for empty cartridges from most
    of its business and professional printer range. Customers from larger
    companies who tend to use cartridges relatively quickly can, starting
    in mid September, register online
    ( to request a
    collection box. This is delivered within five working days, and when
    full, the customer requests a pick-up and a replacement collection box
    if required.

    100% of the cartridges collected through the scheme
    are recycled: their plastics components are re-used in manufacturing
    and construction, while metal parts are smelted and re-used in other
    industrial applications.

    Epson’s new Stylus Pro GS6000, a 64in
    large format printer with an eight-colour ink set, unveiled at the
    FESPA Sign and Display exhibition in Geneva in April, is the company’s
    first LFP to come supplied with a recycling box for its spent ink
    cartridges. Customers using other Epson LFP models will also be able to
    order recycling boxes.

    Full boxes are combined with others and
    then transported to SIMS, a reputable international recycler in the
    Netherlands, where they are processed. SIMS uses the latest available
    technologies to ensure the highest possible recycling rates. It
    separates plastics from metals through a process that includes crushing
    and segregation by density.

    Martin Johns, Epson’s Senior Product
    Manager Large Format Printers, said the company is keen to manage the
    environmental impact of its high European market share. “With
    leadership comes responsibility. A key element of Epson’s broad
    -ranging environmental commitments is to ensure a reduction in the
    number of ink cartridges that end up in landfill. We believe the best
    way to do that is to run a free, convenient and high-quality collection
    and recycling programme. I’m happy that we’ve now been able to extend
    this initiative to cartridges from our range of large format printers,”

    About the Epson Group
    is a global leader in imaging products including printers, 3LCD
    projectors and small- and medium-sized LCDs. With an innovative and
    creative culture, Epson is dedicated to exceeding the vision and
    expectations of customers worldwide with products known for their
    superior quality, functionality, compactness and energy
    efficiency.Epson is a network of 88,925 employees in 109 companies
    around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the
    global environment and to the communities in which it is located. Led
    by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., the Group had consolidated sales
    of 1,347 billion yen in fiscal 2007.

    About Epson Europe
    Europe B.V., based in Amsterdam, is the Group’s regional headquarters
    for Europe, Middle-East, Russia and Africa. With a workforce of 2,400
    employees, Epson Europe’s sales for fiscal year 2007 were 1,854 million