Dell has become the first major computer manufacturer to ban the export of non-working electronics to developing countries as part of its global policy on responsible electronics disposal.
Dell's electronics disposition policy now exceeds the requirements of the Basel Convention, which bans the export of certain electronic waste based on its material or chemical composition.
By expanding its definition of electronic waste to include all non-working parts or devices, irrespective of material composition, Dell aims to help prevent the unauthorized dumping of electronic waste in developing countries by requiring that equipment be tested and certified as “working” prior to export.
Mahesh Bhalla, GM—Consumer Business, Dell India, said, “As one of the world's leading providers of technology, we recognize our responsibility towards environmental issues concerning responsible product retirement and support re-cycling regulation or legislative proposals that are consistent and in line with our producer responsibility policy. We have world class partners to manage a safe, friendly recycling process and who understand that reusing computers by extending their life and performance is the way to go. To ensure that efficient and convenient product recovery options are available
directly to consumers, Dell provides free recycling for any Dell branded product at anytime and free recycling for other branded products with the purchase of new Dell equipment.”
Barbara Kyle, National Coordinator, Electronics TakeBack Coalition, said, “Too many companies are still exporting used, non-working electronic equipment to developing countries, supposedly for repairs. We applaud Dell for drawing a clear line by saying they will not export non-working electronics to developing countries—not for recycling, and not for repairs. Dell's policy on e-waste export is now the strongest in the industry and demonstrates Dell's leadership as a global environmental citizen.”