We build solutions that empower our customers to solve complex business problems without having to worry about environmental impact. By designing products with a precautionary approach to materials and a focus on energy efficiency, we make it easier for our customers to be green.  When a customer does business with Dell they know that the product will be responsibly recycled through our industry leading recycling programs. Our close partnership with the electronics recyclers helps us understand industry challenges and impacts how we build products. Most Dell products are over 90% recyclable for which we have also been recognized by the 2014 ISRI Design for recycling award.

Last October, Dell announced the 2020 Legacy of Good Plan which is comprised of 21 corporate social responsibility goals. One goal we have set out is to use 50 million pounds of post-consumer recycled-content plastics and other sustainable materials in our products. We recognize the challenges with plastics recycling due to various resin types, additives, plasticizer, color and pigments. Approximately 4% of the world’s oil production is used on feedstock to make plastics; a similar amount is consumed as energy in the process.  Industry estimates indicate that approximately 200 million tons of plastics are produced each year however only less than 10% of these plastics are recycled today.

Traditionally, the post-consumer recycled plastics source for use in IT products is from recycled water bottles. Plastics from electronics, is usually downcycled into park benches, guard rails etc.  We challenged ourselves to create closed loop plastics recycling whereby Dell can also use plastics from older electronic equipment. On May 20th at the Fortune Brainstorm Green conference, we announced a partnership for closed loop recycled plastics with Wistron. Our closed loop partnership with Wistron takes the scrap plastics collected through our recycling programs and uses it as feedstock to build new Dell products. This closed loop supply chain of plastics is also certified by UL Environment. The OptiPlex 3030 AIO, which launches in June, will be the first PC product in the industry to contain 3rd-party certified closed loop plastics. This will be followed by more commercial products in the near future. By reusing plastics already in circulation, Dell is cutting down on e-waste, reducing carbon emissions and helping drive a circular economy for IT.

We will continue to explore closed loop solutions for other products and explore more sustainable materials choices in Dell products.

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