Our Reconnect expansion continues and we’re happy to announce today that Texas becomes the fifth statewide Reconnect program. It’s especially poignant here in Central Texas as it was four years ago the first Reconnect program with Goodwill Industries of Central Texas was launched. That experiment has grown into a program available in markets from San Francisco to New York City to Savannah, Georgia. With this launch, Reconnect offers 955 drop off locations in several U.S. markets that offer free computer recycling to any consumer, for any brand of computer.
Reconnect Texas will be one of our largest programs, over 319 drop-off locations are located throughout Texas, the greater Shreveport, Louisiana area, and some counties in Oklahoma. It will collect over 11 million pounds of used computer equipment annually for responsible recycling. The program keeps used computers out of the environment and helps support Goodwill’s important job training and creation work.
Texas has progressive e-cycling legislation, the creation of which Dell supported. State Senator Kirk Watson, sponsor of the legislation, will join Goodwill and Dell representatives later today at an Austin event to commemorate the launch.
It’s been a busy few months of expansion and we’re not done yet. In the meantime, consumers outside of areas were Reconnect is available can always take advantage of Dell’s free and convenient recycling programs. I caught up with Beth Johnson, Dell’s manager for the Reconnect program to talk about this launch and the importance of this program.