A Word About Recycling with Ollie Maier

Last week we mentioned some of the efforts a few companies are doing to compensate for the recent restrictions by China on the import of recycled plastic material. Today we will address what a company, many of us might consider local, is doing. We think it is outstanding. This information is also taken from a Recycling Today eNewsletter.

The article started, “Dell has more than doubled its annual usage of e-plastics collected through its supply chain since beginning the effort two years ago, according to the electronics manufacturer’s 2017 corporate responsibility report.”

It continued, “The company has also nearly doubled the number of devices it manufactures using recovered e-plastics content compared with a year earlier.”

We find that “Dell began its electronics plastics recovery effort in 2015, incorporating e-plastics recovered from its takeback program into new products.”

Even though plastics recovered from electronics are often difficult to move profitably into downstream markets, Dell has found a way to incorporate more of it into their products. This is especially important, as reports indicate China is and will continue to limit imports of recycled plastic and other recyclables.

Some statistics on Dell: During fiscal year 2015, the company recycled 2.2 million pounds of e-plastics into new products. The following year, it increased that to 3.4 million pounds.

During fiscal year 2017, Dell upped e-plastics usage to 5.4 million pounds.

Dell now manufactures 91 products which use recycled plastics, up from 48 in 2016 and only 19 in 2015. In addition to using more recycled plastic in its products, Dell also added more ways to collect recycled plastic.

And while talking about using more recycled plastic in its products, we find the company in fiscal year 2017 exceeded its goal of using 50 million pounds of recycled-content plastics by 2020. That goal not only includes e-plastics, but also recycled carbon fiber and other types of post-consumer resin.

A final “good-feeling” note about their effort, in fiscal year 2017 alone, the company used 16.1 million pounds of recycled plastics of all kinds in its products.

If you use one of their products – at home, work, or both – all this should be even more pleasing to you.

Till next week, do have a great one...

--Ollie is a local citizen concerned with the environment and helping others. A retired Air Force fighter and instructor pilot, he is a graduate of Leadership San Marcos and received his degrees at Texas State University where he worked on staff before totally retiring. For questions or comments, he invites you to call him at 512-353-7432 or e-mail omaier@txstate.edu.

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