Dell has long been recognized as a leader in recycling computer equipment at the end of its useful life. We continue to make it easier for customers to be green and keep unwanted materials out of landfills to preserve our planet. Today, Dell takes that commitment another step further. Dell and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are collaborating to further promote responsible recycling and are encouraging electronics manufacturers to use certified third-party recyclers.

This morning at the site of Round2, one of Dell’s certified recyclers, Dell CEO Michael Dell signed an agreement with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to further promote producer responsibility and encourage business organizations and consumers to take the right steps in responsibly recycling end-of-life computer equipment. The Dell and EPA agreement comes in conjunction with a national strategy for electronics stewardship, encouraging designing electronics that are easily recyclable and environmentally friendly. Michael Dell used this morning’s event to strongly encourage the electronics industry to take on more. Said Michael, “We encourage everyone in our industry to commit to easier, more responsible recycling as we all work to protect our planet.”

Through the release of today’s EPA report, the federal government says it will:

  • enhance the development of more efficient and sustainable electronic products;
  • direct federal agencies to buy, use, reuse and recycle their electronics responsibly;
  • support recycling options and systems for American consumers; and,
  • Strengthen the US’ role in the international electronics stewardship arena. 

Dell is pleased to help encourage the thoughtful development of processes that can help protect the planet. From designing, building, shipping and recycling, our goal is to deliver the highest quality and energy efficient products with the least impact on the environment.

While there is more to be done with Dell’s recycling efforts, our strategy is working. Recently we announced that the company recycled more than 150 million pounds of end-of-life computer equipment last year. And since 2004, when our Dell Reconnect partnership began with Goodwill, we now have recycled 190 million pounds through that program. We are well on our way to reaching our goal of recycling 1 billion pounds of end of life computer equipment by 2014. With families and students buying computers for back to school and organizations refreshing their computing environments, there’s not a better time to learn how to responsibly recycle end-of-life equipment and take action. To learn more about Dell’s recycling programs, visit www.dell.com/recycling