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Dell, Goodwill Expand Free Computer Recycling Program to 1,400 Locations Nationwide

June 9th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Dell Goodwill recycling programs has expanded to 1400 locations nationwide.

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In our recent post on fake recycling events uncovered by the Basel Action Network in Pennsylvania, we’ve noted that although it isn’t the industry norm yet, more and more electronic manufacturers are taking responsibility for the proper disposal of their products.  I believe this is the best solution to the deluge of e-waste that we have to deal with, next to a cradle-to-cradle type of solution. That’s why yesterday’s announcement by Dell is a most welcome development.

Dell has gone beyond taking care of recycling their own products, they’re also helping recycle other companies’ products, as well.

Dell and Goodwill Industries International announced yesterday that they have now expanded their Reconnect partnership, a free drop-off program to 1400 locations nationwide. The latest move added new drop-off locations in seven more states – Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and West Virginia. Reconnect sites are now available in 18 states and in the District of Columbia.

Read Dell’s media release here.

The Reconnect drop-off locations will accept any computer equipment (ANY BRAND) and peripherals for recycling, FREE of charge. This makes it infinitely easier for consumers to have their electronic equipment recycled responsibly. Now, you don’t have to wait for that weekend recycling drive to have your computer recycled, you can just check at the Reconnect Partnership site (linked below) to see if there’s a drop-off location nearby and take your computer there.

Please remember that you’re responsible for your own data security – backing up and removing data from your hard drive. For more information on how you can safely remove sensitive information from your computer BEFORE taking it to the drop-off location, please see Computer Recycling. You may also request for a donation receipt at the Reconnect computer recycling site for tax deduction purposes.

Dell has been a leading force in computer and electronics recycling worldwide. Our hope is that other manufacturers would follow Dell’s great example and will make free computer recycling available in all 50 states and in all cities nationwide.

Resources:

  • For more information about computer recycling,  please visit our Recycle Your Computer lens in Squidoo.
  • Find a computer recycling drop-off location near you at the Dell and Goodwill Reconnect Partnership site.
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1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Josh - Electronic Recycling Advocate // Jul 28, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    It’s great to see a big company like Dell getting behind this. As I’m sure you know, the toxic components in computers are absolutely terrible for the environment and often end up in countries unable to properly dispose of them.

    Good find!

    Nice site,

    Josh