Dell’s top ten

From recycling initiatives to offering compostable packaging, computer manufacturer Dell is going greener by the year

Here are ten things you might not know about the environmental efforts being made by the computer giant.

Customers looking to recycle their electrical products can take advantage of five free options, including free recycling at Staples; a free mail-in and at-home pick-up service and the Dell Exchange Programme.

Since 2004, Dell’s Reconnect partnership with Goodwill Industries has diverted more than 96M pounds of e-waste from landfills and helped create around 250 green jobs.

Dell was the first major computer manufacturer to ban the export of non-working electronics to developing countries.

Dell packages its netbooks, its new five-inch Streak tablet and around half of its Inspiron laptops in cushions made from responsibly-sourced bamboo.

Dell was the first tech company to offer compostable packaging, making disposal of computer packaging easy and environmentally responsible.

Most of its desktop, workstation and portable products consume less than 5 watts in a low-power mode, exceeding current levels set by the EPA for energy efficiency.

Dell has committed to eliminate PVC and brominated flame retardants from all newly shipped products by the end of 2011.

It powers eight of its facilities worldwide using 100% renewable energy.

The company sources 25% of its global electricity needs from renewable sources. In the US, it’s around 35%.

Dell’s new Morocco plant features solar structures on the roof that will heat up to 1,320 litres of water each day for Dell’s kitchen and fitness centre.

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