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
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.
quote: 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.