Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dell announced a ban on the export of electronic waste to developing countries

In order to fulfill its proper handling of electronic waste policies in the world, today, Dell announced a ban on the export of electronic waste to developing countries, to make this commitment to become the first computer manufacturer.

The basis of the Basel Convention to further expand the scope of the requirements. The latter contains a ban on the export of certain materials or chemical composition of components of electronic wastes, and for Dell to broaden the definition of electronic waste can not be used to cover all of the components or equipment (regardless of material composition), and in pre-export of electronic equipment for testing and certification, to determine whether they are "available" equipment, in order to prevent any organization without the authorization of the dumping of electronic waste to developing countries.

These new e-waste disposal policy, reflecting the company's long-standing commitment to Dell - of electronic waste for final disposal responsibly.


Dell e-waste disposal policy (more information, visit / recycling) reflects Dell's global operations and recovery projects in all the electronic waste generated by the responsible commitment to deal with.

In the policy, Dell will be e-waste is defined as: on the basis of any material composition, all the components can not be used or equipment, which does not include:

o Basel Convention was seen as non-hazardous materials;

Not intended to be used for treatment or recovery, but as a donation, re-use or re-sale of available equipment and components;

Ordinance in accordance with the warranty be returned to original equipment manufacturers of components;

Has not been prepared for further processing or production of materials.

The policy also provides that:

o from Dell and its authorized partners to deal with environmental import and export of electronic waste should comply with existing international waste trade agreements and related legal requirements;

o Dell does not allow developed countries (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development [OECD], or the European Union [EU] Member States) directly or through intermediaries to developing countries (non-OECD / EU Member States) the export of electronic waste;

o shall not employ child labor or prisoners to deal with electronic waste;

o best of all electronic waste reasonable control, to prevent them from entering the landfill or incinerator.

In addition, the policy also emphasizes that by the Dell e-waste disposal chain to deal with electronic waste before final disposal in the entire chain of custody has been tracking and recording, Dell responsible for its recovery, refurbishment and service providers to deal with annual audited at least once to ensure that they comply with the Dell e-waste disposal and environmental protection performance standards partners.


Dell's Sustainable Business Director Tod Arbogast said: "As the world's leading provider of technology, Dell has a responsibility to ensure their electronic products after the end of the period of validity has been adequately addressed. Above for Dell e-waste disposal policy, the additional requirement that the Dell over the years to remain committed to resolve the issue of electronic waste disposal. We strongly urge other colleagues in the industry, also announced the ban, and the proper handling of electronic waste. "

Electronics recycling Union Barbara Kyle of the National Coordinator, said: "At present, a large number of companies exporting to developing countries continued to use the old, failure of electronic equipment, with a view to carrying out maintenance. Dell can not be a clear statement of its exports to developing countries can not the use of electronic equipment - not for recycling, reuse or repair, and we agree. Dell's e-waste export policy is currently the most stringent in the industry, and fully demonstrated the Dell as the world's environmental corporate citizen in environmental protection the field of leadership. "

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