Dell Exceeds Recycled Paper Goals
Dell Exceeds Recycled Paper Goal, Collects 175 Tons of Unwanted Computers Through International Recycling Events
Employees, Partners Help Turn Environmental Responsibility Plans Into Results
ROUND ROCK, Texas--In commemoration of America Recycles Day (Nov. 15), Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) recognized its employees and partners for helping the company exceed key environmental responsibility goals and create new recycling initiatives. In the past 12 months, Dell exceeded its recycled paper content goal and collected more than 175 tons of unwanted computers at recycling events around the world.
In the first six months of 2005, the company also accelerated efforts to recycle, reuse or resell nonhazardous wastes from manufacturing and other operations. "Part of being a great global company is being environmentally responsible," said Tod Arbogast, Dell's sustainable business manager. "America Recycles Day provides an opportunity for us to recognize our employees, suppliers and stakeholders who have helped Dell increase usage of recycled paper, offer communities no-cost options for recycling computers and increase the volume of waste material we recycle in our own operations."
Forest Products Stewardship
Dell established a Forest Products Stewardship Model in October 2004 that documented its paper-usage practices and established paper sourcing and recycling goals. One year into the program, Dell has exceeded its initial target by achieving 90-percent recycled paper content in the company's small- and medium-business catalog, using Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper sources for the majority of the catalog. In addition, Dell has increased its usage of post-consumer recycled content for catalog inserts to almost 15 percent and achieved about 30-percent post-consumer recycled content for office paper used companywide.
"The fact that Dell has exceeded its original environmental goals is proof positive that when a company chooses to focus on the environment, it can have a real impact," stated Todd Paglia, Executive Director of ForestEthics. "We applaud Dell's leadership example and the collaborative process that the company has taken in developing its environmental standards. Dell has raised the bar for the catalog industry, and its success is a rallying cry to its competitors."