We have the largest technology recycling program on the planet, with operations in 75+ countries and territories. We’re always looking for new ways to create value from recycled materials, creating environmentally-friendly, financially beneficial solutions.
When electronics come to Dell for recycling, we first see if the technology can still be used – resold or donated to someone who needs it. If not, we will strip the machines for usable parts to help us repair and remanufacture other units. Finally, our partners responsibly recycle what’s left.
Those materials, like plastic, glass, or metals, are often sold back to the commodities markets. So, if we can’t use a material ourselves, we know someone else will put it to good use.
We have sourced recycled-content plastics from the commodities markets for use in our products since 2008. And in 2014, we started to incorporate plastics recovered from e-waste and recycled into new parts for new computers. The average closed-loop recycled content of the resin we use is 30-35%.
We’re thrilled with how successful this system has been and have continued to increase our recycling efforts, reusing e-waste from all of our recycling streams across the US. Learn more about our sustainable product design here.
We recycle millions of pounds of closed-loop plastics (those recovered from e-waste) to make new parts for new computers. We’ve used these materials in more than 125 different products, including monitors, desktops and all-in-ones. Best of all? We’re saving money and protecting our environment at the same time – it’s a perfect example of what circular design should be!
Many people do not realize how many precious materials there are in technology. There is gold, aluminum, plastics and other materials which can be reclaimed and reused. But recycling rates for e-waste hover around 20%.
We were the first PC manufacturer to establish a closed loop for recycling gold from e-waste back into new motherboards. Our pilot project demonstrated how this process could work and we continue to look for ways to scale.
To help spread the message about the importance of recycling electronics, we partnered with actress and activist Nikki Reed in 2018 to help create a line of upcycled jewelry made from gold recovered from e-waste. Nikki’s company, BaYou, is still sourcing the gold for her BaYou with Love line of jewelry from recovered e-waste, continuing her commitment to a beautiful world in which we continuously reuse resources and strive for zero waste.
Did you know that 8 million tons of plastics end up in our oceans every year and that by 2050, plastics may outnumber fish in the sea? In some places, plastic particles already outnumber plankton by 26 to 1.
Dell Technologies has created a new supply chain that recovers ocean-bound plastics, putting them back into our packaging instead of letting them wash out to sea.
We work with suppliers to collect, process and mix plastics with other recycled material to create molded trays used for packaging select products. The trays are 25% ocean-bound plastic and 75% recycled PET, using no virgin materials. It’s also fully recyclable itself.
After realizing the seriousness of the problem of ocean plastics, we looked at ways of making a difference. Together with Lonely Whale, we created the Next Wave initiative, an open-source initiative that brings the world’s largest companies together in a combined effort to solve this crisis.