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MEI Recycles More Than 2,796 Pounds Of Electronic Equipment In ‘Recycle For Recyclers’ Program

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WEST CHESTER, PA., November 21, 2011--Imagine 2,917 gallons of gas, 105,911 gallons of water and 63 barrels of oil saved. These are a few of the sustainability results achieved through a recycling program that MEI ran this summer for U.S.-based operators.

The month and a half long promotional program, “Recycle for Recyclers” credited operators with a rebate for trading in any brand of working or non-working bill validator when they purchased a new CASHFLOW® VNR Recycler from MEI. This program was one of its most popular promotions in recent history, enabling MEI to recycle more than 2,796 pounds of electronic equipment.

MEI partnered for a second time with Intercon Solutions of Chicago Heights, Ill., to disassemble and recycle the equipment using environmentally safe de-manufacturing methods. Intercon supplied MEI with certificates of sustainability that validate and detail the green achievements that resulted from the program.

Additional environmental impact of the “Recycle for Recyclers” program included 26 metric tons less CO2 emissions, 5 fewer cars on the road each day, and 683 trees planted.

“We thank all the operators who participated in this recycling program,” said Chuck Reed, marketing director and MEI Global Green Team leader in a prepared statement. “Sustainability is important to MEI, and we strive to design and produce technology with the lowest possible lifetime environmental impact. We jumped at the chance to enable our operators and distribution partners to contribute as well. Programs like this demonstrate that companies can achieve both business growth and environmental stewardship.”    

MEI recognizes the importance of preserving the world’s natural resources for future generations. To help work toward a cleaner environment, MEI pledges to be at the forefront of the industry in embracing sustainable business practices. MEI has formed a Global Green Team to develop and promote best business practices for its products, processes and facilities. Sustainability is one of the five principles MEI associates strive to uphold in both their professional and personal commitments.

About MEI
MEI, headquartered in West Chester, Pa., holds the world’s largest installed base of unattended payment systems, handling over two billion transactions per week in more than 100 countries. The company developed the first electronic coin mechanism in the 1960s, followed by the first electronic non-contact bill validator, and more recently its credit card capability and vending management solution. Recently, MEI reached a milestone of selling more than four million bill validators and five million coin mechanisms worldwide. Its products are in widespread use in the vending, soft drink, gaming, amusement, transport, retail, and kiosk markets. For more information on MEI and its products, visit or call 800-345-8215.  

About Intercon Solutions
Founded in 1987, Intercon Solutions has developed an efficient and responsible way to turn end-of-life electronic machines, scrap and equipment into raw materials, eliminating the need to import and/or mine for materials. Their ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified Management Systems are utilized during the de-manufacturing processes that take place in an over 250,000 square foot facility in Chicago Heights, IL. The Intercon clientele is comprised of Fortune 500 companies, large corporations and government agencies. R2/RIOS and NAID AAA Certified environmentally conscious recycler, Intercon Solutions, also operates facilities in Huntsville, AL; Sacramento, CA; Tampa, FL; St. Louis, MO; Concord, NC; Dallas, TX; Vancouver, BC; and Ottawa and Toronto, ON in Canada; and an international facility in London, England. To learn more about Intercon visit us at