Dell Reconnect Recycling Hits Goal Early

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Dell’s Reconnect Recycling partnership with Goodwill Industries has spread rapidly across the country since its inception in 2004.

Through its worldwide recycling services and more than 1,000 recycling locations across the nation, Dell reached its goal to recycle 275 million pounds of equipment ahead of schedule. The company remains the only in its industry to offer a free worldwide recycling program for consumers. The program is free for consumers who want to responsibly recycle any brand of unwanted computer equipment.

You can prevent millions of computers from going to landfills every year by recycling through programs like Reconnect.

You can prevent millions of computers from going to landfills every year by recycling through programs like Reconnect.

“Today we’re making it even easier for environmentally conscious customers to do the right thing,” said Mike Watson, senior manager of Dell Global Recycling Services. “Every technology provider has a responsibility to provide free, easy and responsible recycling to consumers worldwide. We hope 2009 is the year that brings the industry together around this shared principle.”

Dell also expanded its U.S. Reconnect recycling partnership with Goodwill Industries to add six additional states, including:

  • Arkansas
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Oregon
  • Vermont

“In addition to free and responsible recycling, the Dell-Reconnect partnership is enabling job creation and skill training at a time when both are very much needed,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO for Goodwill Industries International. “We commend Dell for setting a leadership example for the rest of the industry and for playing an important role in the creation of green-collar jobs.”

Recently, Dell also launched “Dell Exchange,” a free online trade-in system that enables U.S. customers to help keep unwanted electronics out of landfills by exchanging them for Dell gift cards. The trade-in option, which has been a pilot program since November 2008, is now available to U.S. customers.

Dell is also working internationally through the National Cristina Foundation (NCF), where Dell customers may also donate any working computer system to non-profit organizations in their areas. NCF matches consumer donations to local non-profit organizations, public agencies and schools. The program is available throughout the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and major markets in Brazil.

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