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Don't know what to do with that old Dell? Dell will take it off your hands for free

Today Dell announced a new program to recycle Dell-branded computer components for returning and non-returning Dell customers free of charge.  Dell already has a policy that the company will recycle any brand of computer or printer if you purchase a new Dell PC, with free pick-up. 

The new policy will also extend Dell's recycling initiative to any Dell-brand computer, anytime.  In essence, the new policy no longer just encourages users to purchase Dell as a value-add to remove the old PC.  In most cities in the US it is illegal to throw away PC components and other devices -- and many recycling companies charge a premium on older computer components that contain lead.

"We have a responsibility to our customers to recycle the products we make and sell," claimed Michael Dell. "Our direct relationships with consumers allow us to offer this easy and free service and we encourage others in our industry to do so as well."

The new service will start in Europe immediately, in the US by September 2006 and for the rest of the world by November. Given that the European Union already has strict laws in place for RoHS, with new laws coming up mandating battery recycling, it's hardly any surprise that Dell has already placed the framework for this program in Europe.

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Good news,
By Trisped on 6/28/2006 3:40:35 PM , Rating: 2
Since it is illegal to throw computers in the trash, they have to be "recycled" though I wonder how much re-use they find and how much "post use processing" there is.

Still, with this Dell will raise consumer awareness on the subject, which should help reduce the number of computers thrown away.

RE: Good news,
By rushfan2006 on 6/28/2006 3:47:11 PM , Rating: 2
Since it is illegal to throw computers in the trash, they have to be "recycled" though I wonder how much re-use they find and how much "post use processing" there is.'d never know that if you came to my condo complex, which btw isn't a low end complex either. You see TVs, DVDs, Computers tossed in the dumpsters all the time. Never see the trash men refuse to take anything, never the property management company complain or anything. Oddly enough they throw a massive fit if you say -- paint your door a single shade lighter than the shade of white the rest of the complex

RE: Good news,
By KristopherKubicki on 6/28/2006 3:51:35 PM , Rating: 2
Going out on a limb... are you a Chicago resident?

Chicago Waste Management will haul anything -- no questions asked. And I mean *anything*

RE: Good news,
By GrammatonJP on 6/28/2006 3:53:25 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah you pay for that service through TAXES... doesn't matter who takes it, someone always pays for it. Recycling cost $$$, its not free at all..

RE: Good news,
By Inkjammer on 6/28/2006 3:56:34 PM , Rating: 2
Back in 2004, while living in Philadelphia, the stock exchange at Liberty Plaza tossed out tons of 17" and 21" CRT monitors as they upgraded to LCDs. A bunch of guys in my dorm rooms went out to U-Haul, rented two trucks and filled them up with the monitors.

They sold them on eBay and made quite a bit of money.

RE: Good news,
By Inkjammer on 6/28/2006 3:57:47 PM , Rating: 2
Blah, lack of edit...

As per my post above, Liberty Plaza was just stacking the monitors up on the street for anybody to take. They had said there were near a hundred of them just sitting around.

I'll help the cause...
By jon1003 on 6/28/2006 4:06:24 PM , Rating: 2
If anyone needs to recycle some old PC100/133 memory, I will pay you to ship it to me, and I will recycle it free of charge. Doesn't have to be my brand ;)

RE: I'll help the cause...
By microAmp on 6/28/2006 10:04:36 PM , Rating: 2
Check out the For Sale/For Trade forum here, people giving away stuff plus shipping.

RE: I'll help the cause...
By microAmp on 6/28/2006 10:05:06 PM , Rating: 2
Durr...not here, on AnandTech Forums.

RE: I'll help the cause...
By GrammatonJP on 6/29/2006 9:07:16 AM , Rating: 2
Obviously you hven't been here long, i gave away gigs of rdram, vid cards, 10k scsi drives & etc... stuff worth hundreds

By Kromis on 6/28/06, Rating: 0
RE: Whhaaaa....?
By Brainonska511 on 6/28/2006 3:38:24 PM , Rating: 2
They can sell off the components of the old machines. Metals and plastics can be melted down and resused in new products, etc...

RE: Whhaaaa....?
By Martin Blank on 6/28/2006 3:40:11 PM , Rating: 2
What's hard to understand? Dell is basically saying that if you have an old Dell computer that you're not using anymore, and have no plans for someone else to use it, that they'll take it back and recycle it, no strings attached, rather than see it end up in a landfill. You still have to pay to remove non-Dell equipment, though each of those returns allows up to 50 pounds of gear. It allows you to open more closet storage space for the more interesting skeletons.

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