Dell Will Now Recycle Anything they Make for Free

dell_logo4.jpgRegardless of whether a customer buys a new Dell, the Dell company will recycle their old computer free of charge. It’s a great move by Dell, and certainly helps consumers as well, since no one has any need for a dead computer.
There’s not a lot of word on exactly how Dell intends to recycle old machines and whether anything gets reused, or whether new products are being designed with recycling in mind. I’m guessing that Dell gets some salvage value from the old computers, but if it does, why not recycle any brand? And furthermore, why not offer a discount to buyers of a new Dell who bring in an old Dell?
This would seem to suggest that there isn’t a lot of profit in the recycling proceedure and that it exists more as a proactive move in anticipation of government action, which is still worth applauding, but it would be great if we found out that Dell was looking into ways to make recycling pay more directly at the bottom line. Is it possible?

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

7 responses

  1. I suspect that Dell is trying to play catch up with Apple. Apple has an environment friendly image. There is no profit in recycling old computers and there is no government action pending. Dells’ image with consumers is what is at stake. Dell is striking out at all fronts against Apple and HP to regain market share. Every customer counts.
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    I seriously doubt that Dell will actually spend even a modest percentage of its $500 million advertising budget promoting recycling. What counts is that they have made a start. Creating a positive image usually precedes the deeds themselves.
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  2. My completely uninvestigated hunch is that Dell doesn’t have the right partners in place yet whom are capable of executing something so complex. I also bet that it’s coming soon; led by the bean counters, and followed closely by the more ambitious and outspoken members of the product design community. We’ll see…

  3. I truly believe that Dell is not recycling them properly. They partner with Goodwill for this project. Look what Goodwill does, they just give away these computers to people who can’t afford them. Not to mention data security. What happen when they don’t want these second hand computers? They just throw them out with regular garbage. Is this responsible recycling? I don’t think so. That is why I use E-tech Recycling Inc a Washington DC local recycler whom I know will recycle 95% of items they receive. For more about them visit

  4. there are some other resources out there that companies should consider like: California computer wholesale liquidator of closeout, new and returned surplus or overstock liquidation merchandise. Nationwide used computer auctioneers offers businesses a surplus auction liquidation portal for buyers and sellers of computer notebooks, used laptops, desktops and workstations, CRT LCD monitors, used Cisco and all network equipment., Inc. Electronic test, data network equipment buyer, Cisco liquidator nationwide computer liquidation services. is a retail store in Portland Oregon that buys, sells, and trades all kinds of used, surplus, and second hand merchandise. – eWaste offers a electronic recycling services to California businesses. We provide clean and efficient computer recycling collection.

  5. As unique as Apple’s Cinema display might be in the world of 19″ to 21″ flat panel displays, it shares the same LG.Philips panel as the Dell UltraSharp 2005FPW. There happens to be only a single panel manufacturer capable/willing to mass produce wide screen, high resolution flat panel displays for the PC market. Since these two displays are so similar, we thought it only necessary to review both side by side. Several sources have claimed that the 2005FPW had numerous discoloration problems and generally poor image quality. Obviously, if one of our displays demonstrates imperfections, we would expect to see both displays to be flawed. However, the Dell and Apple displays utilize different backlights, so we are open to the thought that there will be some dissimilarities between the units. Let’s take a closer look at our 20″ displays.

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