Dell’s Commitment to Zero Waste
Guiding Principles Affirm Dell’s Commitment to Zero Waste
Waste is inefficient; it represents a lost opportunity with resources. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 200 million pieces of computer-related e-waste are being generated annually. Yet, only 18 percent is being recycled, which leaves over 150 million pieces of equipment in our landfills each year.
Dell believes that zero waste — producing, consuming and recycling without throwing anything away — is an ethical, cost-efficient and visionary approach that all manufacturers should employ. And, while absolute zero waste may be not be possible short-term, our zero waste guiding principles and the strategies we execute to follow them are helping us to get closer and closer to a truly waste-free process.
In our manufacturing operations, we achieved a recycle and reuse rate of 98 percent in FY12. Our major office facilities around the world also have on-site waste recycling programs. Employee engagement is key to their success and we promote recycling and reuse through internal communications and work with our Planet Employee Resource Group and other employee groups to further improve.
Zero Waste Guiding Principles
Waste is inefficient, so waste minimization, reuse and recycling are fundamental
We recognize our position in the overall ecosystem
That’s why Dell puts a high priority on helping to prevent computers from becoming waste in the first place. We are a leader in mandating responsible recycling around the globe. For example, in 2009 we became the first in our industry to ban the export of nonworking electronics to developing countries. And our Global Fulfillment Team continues to work closely with carrier partners to dramatically reduce and recycle excess packaging.
We help our customers minimize their waste too
For many years now, we’ve recognized the growing number of Socially Responsibility Investors (SRIs) who evaluate the full value and risks associated with a company’s long-term performance. Since 2008, we’ve engaged the SRI community and continue to do so with a series of events, road shows and stakeholder mapping efforts in order to add to the sustainability discussion and further our thought leadership. We continually solicit feedback from subject matter experts on sustainability ideas. This gives stakeholders a better understanding of Dell’s decision-making process and proves that we are effectively progressing on these issues.