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Dell bans the export of electronic waste to developing countries

May 12th, 2009

From Green Right Now Reports

Dell said today it will ban the export of non-working electronics to developing countries as part of its global policy on responsible electronics disposal.

The Round Rock, Texas-based company said its 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 said it hopes to prevent the unauthorized dumping of electronic waste in developing countries by requiring that equipment be tested and certified as “working” prior to export.

“As one of the world’s leading providers of technology, we recognize our responsibility to ensure that technology is disposed of properly at the end of its usable life,” Tod Arbogast, Dell’s director of sustainable business, said in a statement. “These additions to our disposition policy reflect the way Dell has been operating for years with regard to electronics disposition. We strongly encourage the rest of the industry to do the same using globally consistent practices like these.

Dell’s policy states that electronic waste processed by Dell’s disposition chain must be tracked and documented throughout the entire business chain until its final disposition. Dell said it audits its recycling, refurbishment and processing vendors at least annually to ensure they conform with Dell’s electronics disposition policy and environmental partner performance standards.

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