Michigan computer recycling program introduced
Lansing, MI— Goodwill Association
of Michigan and Dell introduced RECONNECT Michigan, a comprehensive
computer recovery, reuse and environmentally responsible recycling
opportunity for Michigan consumers.
The pilot program offers drop-off
recycling and reuse options for unwanted computers at no charge
to consumers across the state, and gives them the opportunity
to support a local charity.
The launch of this program follows
a recent decision by the Michigan Department of Information Technology
to have Dell manage asset-retirement services for state-owned
computer equipment. That program is also available to local governments,
schools and other non-profits statewide.
RECONNECT Michigan uses the donations
infrastructure of a nonprofit and the experience and recycling
resources of a technology company to offer a proactive, community-based
solution designed for environmentally responsible computer disposal.
The partnership’s goal is to divert at least 3.3 million
pounds of used computers and computer equipment from landfills
over one year and to provide education on the importance of proper
computer disposal while creating job opportunities for individuals
with disabilities and other employment barriers throughout Michigan.
Goodwill Industries of Central
Texas and Goodwill Industries of San Francisco have partnered
with Dell on similar pilot programs. Success of these pilots has
prompted Dell and Goodwill to implement a regional version of
the program across Michigan.
The 11 Goodwill members of the
Goodwill Association of Michigan will accept donations of residential
computer equipment of any brand. The unwanted computers will be
collected, sorted and consolidated by Goodwill. Equipment with
resale value will be separated and entered into Dell’s Asset
Recovery Services value-recovery processes. Proceeds from equipment
recovery will be returned to the Goodwill Association of Michigan
for re-investment in a variety of job-creation and other community
programs. Equipment without resale value will be recycled; responsible
recycling will be handled by Electronic Partners Corp. (ePC) under
stringent Dell guidelines. ePC is a part of Chasm Industries,
a firm that specializes in electronic asset management and recycling