Texas is no stranger to technology. Before Silicon Valley, the semiconductor was invented in 1958 at Texas Instruments, and Austin is home to Dell Technologies one of the largest computer companies in the world. Texas ranks #2 in the nation for in the nation for a number of tech jobs, with many tech firms providing conservation minded solutions for their employees and customers. From recycling old computers to promoting conservation practices such as carpooling, the technology sector is using innovation to reduce their environmental impact.The sheer scale of Dell Technologies—the Round Rock-based multinational company that develops, sells, repairs, and supports computer products—makes its sustainability initiatives impactful. As one of the largest technological corporations in the world, employing more than 145,000 people globally, Dell makes its mark through collaborative partnerships that help reduce electronic waste, promote recycling, repurpose electronic parts, and positively contribute to environmental efforts.
“Early decisions have enabled us to lead the way toward a circular economy, reusing and repurposing our waste into new beautiful products,” says David Lear, VP of Sustainability at Dell Technologies. “Considering the growing appetite for electronics—it’s the fastest growing waste stream in the world—we have a responsibility to ensure that our technology is designed, shipped, and manufactured with sustainability in mind.”
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A Trade-In Swap and Incentive Program between Dell EMC and Teleplan has kept 303 tons of material out of the waste stream. Since 2004, Dell Reconnect, a partnership with Goodwill® Industries, has been a primary destination for recycled material for Dell products, and helped the company build a closed-loop plastics supply chain. The program provides free drop-off recycling for consumers to responsibly recycle any brand of used computer equipment, in any condition, at more than 2,000 participating Goodwill locations. Products resold also enable jobs and tech skills training for disadvantaged members of local communities.
Thanks to Dell, more than 2 billion pounds of computer electronics have been responsibly recycled since 2007 Looking toward the future, Dell recently established a new 2030 goal around 1:1 recycling/reuse- recycling an equivalent product for every product sold. Dell thinks ahead and tackles waste earlier in the supply chain—its manufacturing facilities, which account for the largest source of its operational waste, divert 98 percent of total nonhazardous waste from landfills.
In addition, Dell partners with its customers who are constantly looking to collaborate on sustainability initiatives. For example, Dell recently joined Walmart and The Conservation Fund to plant 10,000 trees along the Texas border.
“Advancing sustainability is one of the key ways we believe we can have significant positive change associated with addressing pressing social or environmental challenges,” Lear says. “We love to look for the greater impact we can have through the combination of our relationships, our teams and technology.”