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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. Since 2007 we have collected more than 1.42 billion pounds of used electronics throughout 78 countries and territories, which is helping us meet our goal of collecting 2 billion pounds by 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. In 2014, 41.8 million metric tons of e-waste was generated around the world, according to the Global E-waste Monitor report by United Nations University. 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. This is why Dell takes a truly global approach to our collection and capability building efforts, we continually look for unique opportunities to expand Dell’s consumer and business takeback programs and create end-of-life solutions for our customers.

Global TakeBack leadership stories
NYC Tech Takeback in honor of America Recycles Day  NYC Tech Takeback in honor of America Recycles Day
To mark America Recycles Day, Dell and its Social Good Advocate, Adrian Grenier, joined with Uber and Goodwill NYNJ to help people in New York City properly recycle used technology and keep it from joining the millions of pounds of e-waste that is improperly recycled each year.
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Using recycled plastics from used computers to make new computers  Using recycled plastics from used computers to make new computers.
Dell is using a closed-loop plastics supply chain that can recycle and reuse materials over and over.
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Discarded corporate technologies are given a new life in Africa  Discarded corporate technologies are given a new life in Africa
Dell takes back decommissioned computer electronics from Rabobank and takes its recycling service one step further by giving discarded corporate technologies a new life in African schools, hospitals and small businesses through its donation program.
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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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