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DELL RECYCLES 150 MILLION POUNDS OF E-WASTE
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Round Rock, Texas-based Dell recycled approximately 150 million pounds of e-waste during the company’s fiscal year 2011, the computer manufacturer announced Monday. The total represents a 16 percent increase over fiscal year 2010, according to Dell.
The computer manufacturer has set a goal of diverting a total of 1 billion pounds of e-waste from landfills by 2014, and the company reports that it already has diverted about 6.7 million pounds during its history.
Dell credits Dell Reconnect, the company’s joint e-waste recycling program with Goodwill Industries, for its diversion figures. The program allows the public to bring e-waste to more than 2,200 Goodwill sites in the United States and Canada so that the material can be recycled.“Dell’s responsible electronics recycling record in the industry is second to none,” said Mike Watson, director of Dell’s Take Back program, in a statement. “As we strive to reach our 1 billion pound target by 2014, we’re focused on educating people and creating awareness on the benefits of computer recycling and how Dell makes it easy to do so.”
To learn more about Dell’s sustainability efforts, visit the company’s website.
Dell’s unveiling of its e-waste recycling totals comes nearly two weeks after Waste Management launched an e-waste recycling service in New York state that electronics manufacturers can use to comply with the requirements of the state’s new e-waste recycling law, which took effect on April 1.
The service, which is run by Waste Management’s recycling subsidiary WM Recycle America, is called WM NYeCycles Service. The program “offers various collection methods, which include an established network of collection sites, mail back programs and community electronics recycling events to help meet manufacturers’ collection goals and requirements,” according to a Waste Management press release.
Under the terms of New York’s new law, electronic manufacturers selling in the state must offer free e-waste collection programs for residents. Based on their market share in the state, the manufacturers must then recycle or re-use a certain percentage of the collected materials. Items that manufacturers are required to accept include computers, monitors, televisions, keyboards, printers, VCRs, DVD players and MP3 players.
Dell Closing in on Recycling Goal
Electronics manufacturer Dell is two-thirds of the way toward its goal of recycling 1 billion pounds of e-waste by 2014, the company has announced.The Texas-based computer giant says it diverted 150 million pounds of used electronics from landfills worldwide in the 2011 financial year. That is an increase of around 16 percent on 2010, Dell says.The company has partnered with charity thrift store chain Goodwill on an initiative that lets U.S. and Canadian consumers bring in unwanted computers and accessories for recycling, regardless of manufacturer. This program alone contributed 95 million pounds of recycled electronics to Dell’s 2011 global total.“As we strive to reach our 1 billion pound target by 2014, we’re focused on educating people and creating awareness on the benefits of computer recycling and how Dell makes it easy to do so,” said Mike Watson, director of the Dell recycling program. “Dell’s responsible electronics recycling record in the industry is second to none.”In October 2010 the firm topped Newsweek’s “Green Rankings” of the 500 largest U.S. companies. Dell earned high marks for its strong environmental policies, including its free worldwide recycling program and for banning the export of e-waste to developing countries.
Dell claims it was the first major computer manufacturer to outlaw this practice.
The report also highlighted that Dell has designed PCs and laptops that consume 25 percent less energy than systems produced in 2008. Dell estimates that these efforts, along with others, have saved its customers more than $5 billion in energy costs over the past few years.Dell was one of four electronics firms in the top five of the list, the three others being Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Intel. The fifth was pharmaceuticals firm Johnson & Johnson.
Retailer Target has also announced recycling progress this week. The company says it collected more than 1800 tons of shopping bags and 700 tons of bottles and cans in the first nine months of its in-store recycling program.From the launch of its in-store recycling stations in April 2010, until the end of that year, Target says it also collected nearly two million pieces of small electronics, including MP3 players and cell phones.The stations also allow customers to recycle ink cartridges.
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