Dell, HP Meet Recycling Targets

Dell computer equipment recycling up 93%; HP meets billion pound general electronics recycling goal.

Dell recently announced that it is ahead of schedule to achieve a multi-year goal of recovering 125 million kilograms (about 275 million pounds) of computer equipment by 2009. The company also renewed its worldwide challenge to computer manufacturers to offer free recycling to consumers.

Dell reported the recovery of more than 78 million pounds (nearly 40,000 tons) of unwanted information-technology equipment from customers in 2006, a 93% increase over 2005 and 12.4%of the equipment it sold seven years earlier, more than any other manufacturer that reports recovery progress by past sales weight.

HP Sets Target For 2 Billion Pounds By 2010

Having met its goal six months early to recycle 1 billion pounds of electronics, HP recently announced that it has set a new target for another billion pounds by the end of 2010.

The company set its initial goal in 2004 after it had reached the half billion pound mark. It went on to recycle a further half billion pounds in the ensuing three years. HP is now committing to recover a cumulative 2 billion pounds of electronics and print cartridges by the end of 2010, doubling its annual recovery rate.

According to company statements, in 2006 alone, HP recovered 187 million pounds of electronics globally, 73% more than IBM, its closest competitor.


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