Environmental Protection

Dell Customers Can Recycle for Free

Dell and Staples are making it free to recycle any Dell computer product at Staples stores nationwide, according to a Nov. 12 press release. Customers can now responsibly recycle any amount of Dell branded computers, printers, monitors, or peripheral items for free at Staples' 1,500 U.S. store locations, without having to make a purchase.

Staples is the first and only national retailer to offer Dell customers an everyday, free drop-off recycling option for their office technology.

The new service expands Staples current in-store technology recycling program, which lets customers recycle cell phones and smaller electronics for free, larger office technology such a non-Dell branded computers and printers for a small fee, and ink and toner cartridges in return for $3 back in Staples Rewards. Staples is a member of the EPA's Plug-in to eCycling Partnership.

In 2007, Dell collected 102 million pounds of IT equipment from customers, a 20 percent increase over 2006.

The companies are working with Eco International to handle recycling of the equipment, following guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency . The program adheres to Dell's recycling policies, which prohibit export of waste and the landfill of any environmentally sensitive materials.

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