Dell Inc. is making fast progress on its closed-loop plastics recycling goals.
For the year ended Jan. 31, Dell's closed-loop program processed 3.4 million pounds of recycled plastics from old electronics for reuse in desktops and displays, according to its latest Legacy of Good sustainability report.
In addition, Dell recycled 170,000 pounds of carbon fiber for laptops and 10.7 million pounds of plastics from water bottles, CD cases and other sources, which were used to make desktops and displays.
“We set out years ago to do what is good for customers, the environment and the community,” said David Lear, executive director of corporate sustainability for Dell in Round Rock, Texas. Dell released the update June 20 outlining its progress toward meeting 21 corporate sustainable goals by 2020.
Dell began a pilot phase of the closed-loop recycling project with a limited number of products in April 2014.
Currently, Dell limits its closed-loop program to recycling the plastic content in 48 products, but it is exploring an expansion of materials to include precious metals such as gold.
Dell used 14.1 million pounds of recycled plastics in its products during the 12 months. That was a 20.5 percent increase from the previous fiscal year's 11.7 million pounds.
In 2013, Dell committed to putting a total of 50 million pounds of sustainable materials back into its products by 2020. So far, Dell has reused 36.2 million pounds over three years.
Dell reports that 416 of its products meet various Energy Star standards representing approximately 90 percent of eligible product lines such as desktops, notebooks, storage, displays and servers. In 1993, Dell was a founding member of the Energy Star joint voluntary program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.