Dell Expands Goodwill Computer Recycling Program

Dell Computer Inc. said that it is expanding its Reconnect computer recycling partnership with Goodwill Industries International to two locations in Canada.

The computer maker already maintains some 1,900 outlets in the U.S. where consumers can drop off free of charge any brand of computer or computer accessories for recycling.

Dell and Goodwill said that they have opened a location in Quebec through Renaissance, a Goodwill affiliate, and plan to open another on May 1 in London, Ontario with Goodwill Great Lakes.

Dell, which launched the Reconnect program in 2004, said that the effort has resulted in diverting some 96 million pounds of e-waste from landfills and added 250 "green" jobs. Goodwill employees manage disassembly and disposal of the computer equipment.

The company said that it follows responsible disposal practices. Last year, Dell publicly announced that it would no longer export non-working electronics to developing countries for disposal.

Under the Reconnect program, donated equipment meeting certain criteria often is resold or refurbished.

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