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 user 2009-05-15 at 3:05:07 pm Views: 40
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    Dell Bans Export of Electronic Waste to Developing Countries
    claims to be the first major computer manufacturer to ban the export of
    electronic waste including non-working electronics to developing
    countries as part of its global policy on responsible electronics
    disposal.Dell says its electronics disposition policy now exceeds
    requirements of the Basel Convention, which bans the export of certain
    electronic waste based on its material or chemical composition. By
    expanding its definition of electronic waste to include all non-working
    parts or devices, irrespective of material composition, and by
    requiring that equipment be tested and certified as “working” prior to
    export, Dell says it aims to help prevent the unauthorized dumping of
    electronic waste in developing countries.This means that Dell will not
    export — directly or indirectly through vendors in its recycling chain
    — any non-working electronic product from developed nations to
    developing nations for recycling, reuse, repair, or disposal. The only
    exception is for warranty repairs by the original equipment

    A 2008 report by the Government Accountability
    Office found that a substantial amount of electronic waste ends up in
    countries such as China and India, where they are often handled and
    disposed of unsafely, according to the Electronics TakeBack Coalition.
    In addition, Basel Action Network (BAN), a global watchdog group,
    reports that many of the exports are labeled for reuse, but in Lagos,
    Nigeria, for example, as much as 75 percent of the monthly imports are
    not economically repairable or marketable according to a 2005 BAN
    report.Barbara Kyle, national coordinator for the Electronics TakeBack
    Coalition, which promotes responsible recycling and green design in the
    electronics industry, says Dell’s export policy sets a standard for
    others in the industry and should serve as a model for overdue federal
    policy on e-waste.

    Dell’s disposition chain is tracked and
    documented throughout the entire chain of custody until final
    disposition. Dell said it will audit its recycling, refurbishment and
    processing vendors at least annually to ensure they conform to Dell’s
    electronics disposition policy and environmental partner performance
    standards. Click here for Dell’s complete electronics disposition

    In addition, Dell and Goodwill Industries recently
    extended their five-year recycling partnership to six additional states
    — Arkansas, Iowa, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon and Vermont. A total of
    18 states are now covered by the program, with more than 1,000 Goodwill
    stores participating.Another leading computer maker recently announced
    that it is offering free computer recycling for schools for a limited
    time only. Apple says it will recycle old Mac computers, PCs, and
    qualifying peripherals from any manufacturer for free.There’s no
    purchase required, and all accredited K-12 and higher education
    institutions with at least 25 pieces of recyclables are eligible to
    participate. Schools will need to register by July 31, 2009. All
    products must be packaged according to the instructions and collected
    by August 31, 2009.Apple will accept all brands of the following
    equipment: computers, monitors, laptops, printers, fax machines,
    scanners, desktop-size copy machines, CD drives, hard drives, TVs,
    VCRs, projectors, overhead projectors, networking equipment, cables,
    keyboards, and mice.

    The e-waste crisis will worsen over the
    next several years until 2015, when volume will peak at 73 million
    metric tons, according to a report from Pike Research. However, the
    study also indicates that global volumes will start to drop in 2016 and
    beyond when a number of key e-waste initiatives start to make progress.