This month, Dell and Goodwill announced the expansion of their computer recycling program, Dell Reconnect, to include the state of Hawaii, making free computer recycling available to over 1.2 million people on the island of Oahu.
Program leaders anticipate that the seven additional Goodwill drop-off locations in Hawaii will generate an added collection of 500,000 pounds of used computer equipment per year. Since its inception in 2004, the program has recycled more than 253 million pounds of equipment.
Through the program, when a drop-off location receives a donation, a trained Goodwill staff member determines if the computer equipment can be reused, refurbished or recycled. Throughout the recycling process, Dell’s strict e-waste policies ensure that no environmentally sensitive materials are sent to landfills or exported to developing countries.
With nearly 2,500 participating Goodwill locations, the program is now available to over 64 million households.
“Dell is committed to putting technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet,” said Mike Watson, Director of Compliance and Take-back at Dell.
“We’re thrilled to work with Goodwill Industries of Hawaii to expand the Dell Reconnect program and provide more options for people to recycle their computers responsibly, while also supporting Goodwill’s important mission.”
The Hawaiian launch of Dell Reconnect kicked off November 10 with a computer equipment recycling drive, just in time for America Recycles Day this week. The program accepts all brands of used computer equipment, in any condition and the proceeds from the donations are returned to Goodwill to support members of the local community receive job training and support services.
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Editor’s Note: Earth911 partners with many industries, manufacturers and organizations to support its Recycling Directory, the largest in the nation, which is provided to consumers at no cost. Dell is one of these partners.