US computer giant Dell has won the Green Electronics Council Catalyst Award 2015 for its adoption of 100% post-consumed recyclates (PCR) for certain components.
The Catalyst Award is a global celebration of innovative solutions and tangible environmental accomplishments throughout the lifecycle of electronic technologies.
Dell was presented the award during the Emerging Green Conference organized by the Council in the US.
“The Catalyst Awards recognize practical projects whose impact can inspire further innovation in the electronics space,” said Kent Snyder, Green Electronics Council Chairman of the Board. “Dell has long been an environmental leader, and their progress to advance the circular economy in electronics is impressive. We’re pleased to recognize Dell with the first Catalyst Award.”
A third-party Judging Committee managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) selected Dell as the winner from among 10 Catalyst Award finalists.
Dell’s Catalyst Award nomination outlined how the company uses recycled content from old electronic devices to make new Dell products, establishing a circular flow of materials.
The company’s OptiPlex 3030 All-in-One, introduced in 2014, was the first of its products to contain certified closed-loop, recycled-content plastic.
Between January 2014 and August 2015, Dell reportedly used more than 10 million pounds of PCR in its products. Cumulatively, the company has used 4.2 million pounds of closed-loop recycled-content plastic across 34 products globally through its closed-loop supply chain, turning waste into a resource.
“Technology plays a key role in the shift to a more circular economy,” commented Scott O’Connell, Director of Environmental Affairs, Dell. “Dell is committed to moving the IT industry toward more circular practices. We are honored to receive the Catalyst Award, which is a great recognition of our business practices and our collaborations to accelerate the circular economy transition across the industry.”