Dell steps forward to stop the export of electronic waste, or e-waste, to developing nations, anchoring on a strong principle of responsible disposal methods. The company has reframed the scope of electronic waste to include all of the non-working parts normally associated with the
electronics. The Dell supply chain, including external partners involved in the process, will track the disposition leg of the electronics lifecycle and the results will be audited. And, Dell will focus its efforts on avoiding landfill disposal or incineration in the first place. The company's business policy for disposal of electronics is positioned to exceed external industry standards. ...
Call to Action: See Time's photoessay on Guiyu, China
for a real-life example of the impact of electronic waste disposal. Dell's Comments on e-Waste Policy Changes
Dell's Electronics Disposal Policy
Dell's Take-Back Recycling Program The Basel Convention
has been focusing on this topic since 1992 and develops standards for the control of global movements and disposal of hazardous waste materials. E-waste is top of mind for many countries, as this topic was an area of strategic focus
at the recent International Convention on Chemicals Management in Geneva. Representatives from Africa, Arab States, and China presented their activities and experience with electronic wastes. The Electronics TakeBack Coalition
: The holistic view on electronics waste is a much larger scope - think televisions, cell phones, mp3 players, etc. Industry estimates put US ownership of electronics at over twenty devices per household. Recently, the Electronics Takeback Coalition has brought attention to the recycling of televisions
, with a vendor report card. Industry leaders, like Sony Corp, have responded with electronics recycling programs. Sony is offering recycle drop-boxes for consumer recycling at retail stores
through its GreenFill service
. Sony is a signatory of Basel Convention manufacturer commitment on transparency of eletronics recycling. EPA's eCycling
Apple's position on recycling
for computers and iPods. HP Product Recycling Program
will support equipment, supplies, batteries, etc.