Dell Joins with Goodwill for Free Computer Recycling

Dell Joins with Goodwill for Free Computer Recycling

Dell Computers and Goodwill Industries announced a new, joint program called Reconnect, which will allow consumers to recycle unwanted computers for free across New Jersey and Philadelphia.

By coupling Dell's recycling experience with Goodwill's extensive retail and donation infrastructure, the two companies believe they will be able to both protect the environment and support a local non-profit charity.

"Providing robust, convenient and safe recycling solutions for used electronics is critical to New Jersey's future and all of us share a responsibility in finding those solutions," said New Jersey state Senator Bob Smith. "Reconnect brings the combined experience of Dell and Goodwill together to provide free computer recycling to our state's citizens, and I'm proud to see New Jersey help lead the nation with this innovative approach."

The program's goal is two-fold: divert more than four million pounds of used computers and computer equipment from area landfills over the next year; and provide consumer education on the importance of environmentally responsible computer disposal. Reconnect also will help create job opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other employment barriers.

"I want to thank Dell and Goodwill for bringing this important initiative to the Garden State," said New Jersey state Assemblyman Reed Gusciora. "This effort will not only keep computers out of our landfills, it will also support Goodwill's job-training and employment services."

The program, launched on June 21, allows residents in New Jersey and Philadelphia to visit to find which of the 23 participating Goodwill stores is most convenient to drop off unwanted computers.

Goodwill will accept and sort the donated computer equipment and Dell's product recovery partner will recycle and remarket the recycled materials, such as plastics, glass and metals. All proceeds support Goodwill's non-profit job-training and employment programs.

"We are very excited to be partnering with Dell in an initiative that furthers Goodwill's mission and benefits our communities," said Rex L. Davidson, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey. "Reconnect is a proactive solution to the very real issue of environmentally responsible electronics disposal."

The New Jersey/Philadelphia program is only the latest of a series of Dell-Goodwill partnerships. There are currently seven other similar programs nationwide, in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Austin and San Antonio areas of Texas, San Diego County in California, Pittsburgh, Penn. and throughout Michigan and North Carolina.