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 long bought recycled-content plastics from the commodity markets to use in our products. And in 2014, we started extracting resins from plastics recovered through our Reconnect partnership with Goodwill and reusing them in our own supply chain.
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.
To date, we’ve used more than 21.5 million pounds of closed-loop plastics (those recycled from old computers) to make new parts. We install these in over 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!
Did you know that precious metals are a key part of many electronic products? In fact, Dell Technologies uses about 7,000 pounds of gold in our products every year.
We are the first PC manufacturer to establish a verified closed loop for recycling the gold from e-waste back into new motherboards. By doing this, we can reduce our products’ environmental and social footprint and move toward a circular economy.
To help spread the message about the importance of recycling electronics, we’ve partnered with actress and activist Nikki Reed to help create Bayou with Love. Made from gold recovered from our technology recycling programs, this upcycled jewelry collection is a beautiful way to show the value that’s hidden in discarded electronics.
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.