Global TakeBack Leadership

Global Take Back Leadership
Dell is committed to creating the most effective Global TakeBack programs by being responsible for our products through legislative advocacy, innovative volunteer programs, demonstrated industry leadership, performance quality, education and effective end of life product management — all while protecting the environment and improving communities around the world. One of the ways we will positively impact the environment is to enable customers to reduce the environmental impact of their IT infrastructure through the recovery of 2 billion pounds of used electronics by the year 2020 .

With everyone constantly upgrading their smartphones, notebooks and desktops to keep pace with ever-evolving technological innovation, the volume of electronic waste is piling up. Much of what we call “e-waste” is not really waste at all but rather whole electronic equipment or parts that can gain new life through reuse or recycling. Most e-waste still comes from mature economies, though the developing world is accumulating more every year. These fast-growing countries are expected to account for the majority of discarded computers by 2016, and twice that of developed regions by 2030. This is why Dell takes a truly global approach to our collection and capability building efforts.

The good news is that more and more businesses and consumers are actively recycling. In the U.S. alone, IT recycling has picked up in recent years as awareness of the issue has grown. Nearly a quarter of e-waste was recycled in 2011, an improvement from less than 20 percent the year before. Over the past decade, Dell has become a leader in electronics recycling and offers safe, convenient TakeBack programs for homes and businesses in 78 countries.

Global TakeBack leadership stories
Working to turn e-waste into valuable resources. Working to turn e-waste into valuable resources.
In many developing countries, discarded electronics are not seen as waste but rather a valuable resource and an opportunity to earn income. Moving from an informal recycling culture to a formal model in Kenya required a combination of strong legislation, infrastructure development for collection and treatment, material and safety training for workers, and public education.
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The Mukuru Slum Development Project empowers women. The Mukuru Slum Development Project empowers women.
Developing an e-waste treatment facility helps protect people and the environment, create jobs and transfer knowledge to local communities in Kenya. With the Mukuru Slum Development Project, Dell funds the collection point’s operations through rotating, self-sustaining a microfinance loan, which helps employ 27 women who are fully trained to safely collect e-waste from local businesses and homes and recycle it at centralized collection points.
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Used electronics become pathways to learning. Used electronics become pathways to learning.
Dell is committed to a global recycling initiative that helps its customers remove and dispose of old technology safely and responsibly, while allowing them to meet their sustainability goals. One way Dell is accomplishing this is by working with nonprofit partner Camara to establish a donation program that offers its Asset Resale and Recycling customers options for donating their used electronics for reuse by youth education programs in developing countries.
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Technology helps reduce physical learning barriers. Technology helps reduce physical learning barriers.
The Camara Ireland partnership also takes specific measures to empower students with special needs. Education in classrooms with children with special needs is especially impactful because it really helps those children to overcome the physical barriers of learning.
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