Dell Exceeds Recycled Paper Goals
Dell conducted community computer recycling events earlier this year in Bracknell, United Kingdom, Munich, Germany, Sydney, Australia, Winston-Salem, N.C., Nashville, Tenn., and Oklahoma City. Dell employees volunteered at these events and helped collect more than 175 tons of unwanted computers, keeping the equipment from going to landfills.
Dell also expanded its partnership with Goodwill Industries by establishing an ongoing computer drop-off program for donation and recycling in the San Francisco Bay area and the State of Michigan. The partnership, called RECONNECT, began with a pilot program in October 2004 in Austin, Texas, and is expected to gain momentum across the U.S. "Dell has demonstrated that public-private partnerships are a productive, effective way to educate both consumers and businesses about the importance of responsible disposal of computer equipment," said Kate Krebs, executive director of the National Recycling Coalition.
Recycling in Manufacturing and Other Operations
In the first half of 2005, Dell recycled, reused or resold more than 45,000 tons of cardboard, plastics, pallets, paper and related materials generated in its manufacturing and other operations. The volume of recycled, reused or resold material represents more than 90 percent of the total nonhazardous waste generated at Dell facilities in the first half of the year, exceeding the 85-percent recycle/reuse rate achieved last year. All Dell facilities recycle or reuse a variety of materials, including cardboard, office paper, plastics, foams, metals, batteries, disks, aluminum cans, bottles and pallets.
In order to reduce the volume of material for disposal, Dell has continued to refine its processes for collection and recycling of waste materials, working with suppliers to reduce or optimize packaging associated with incoming parts and materials and training employees to minimize and properly dispose of wastes.
Following are links to additional information on Dell's environmental initiatives:
-- Dell Environmental Initiatives: www.dell.com/environment