Although the development of new technologies enhances productivity and progress, it results in one unfortunate by-product: electronic waste, consisting of damaged, obsolete or simply unused electronic devices.
According to The Global E-waste Monitor 2020, a record 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) of electronic waste was generated worldwide in 2019, out of which only 9.3 Mt (17.4%) was properly collected. By 2030, the Global e-waste generated is expected to be more that 74Mt, making e-waste the world’s fastest-growing domestic waste stream.
In Europe in 2019, 12 Mt of e-waste was generated out of which 5.1 MT (42.5%) was collected and properly recycled. The estimated value of raw materials in e-waste was $12.9 billion USD.
Most of what we call "e-waste" is not leftover waste at all, but rather whole electronic equipment or individual parts that can be given a new life through reuse or recycling.
As a global manufacturer of IT products and a leader in local initiatives, we’re also stewards of the planet. We understand our responsibility to recover used electronics and to give them new life. By recycling products safely, we can protect the health of people and the planet. Dell offers a variety of convenient recycling options, enabling our customers to safely dispose of their end-of-life IT equipment and, as a result, reduce their environmental footprint.
By 2030, for every product purchased by a customer, we will reuse or recycle an equivalent product. Going further, 100% of our packaging will be made of recycled or renewable materials, while more than half of the components of our products will be made from recycled or renewable materials.