Tuesday, May 12, 2009


05.12.2009 12:02 pm
Dell adopts plan to prohibit “e-waste” from going to developing countries
By: Kim McGuire
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Environmentalists cheered a new policy formulated by Dell that prohibits electronic waste from being sent to any developing country.

Specifically, Dell will not export - directly or via vendors in its recycling downstream - any non-working electronic product from developed nations to developing nations for recycling, re-use, repair or disposal.

“Even though US laws don’t restrict most exports, Dell has decided to go well beyond these inadequate regulations,” said Jim Puckett, director of the Basel Action Network, a global e-waste group. “Dell deserves high marks for leading the way as a responsible corporate citizen with their new e-waste policy.”

The amount of e-waste in the country is exploding as the technology continues to crank out better products.

According to EPA, about 2.2 million tons of electronics waste were scrapped in 2005. All but a fraction of that amount was dumped in landfills across the country, the agency estimates.

But a 2008 federal study found that a substantial amount of e-waste ends up in China and India where they are often handled and disposed of unsafely.

The moral of that story is consumers should be savy when it comes to choosing a company that recycles electronics.

Here in Missouri, e-waste recycling options continue to grow. Check out the list of companies that have registered for Missouri Department of Natural Resources and be prepared to ask questions about where the waste stream. A good company will know where all the materials they take end up.

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