I just went through the challenging process of trying to get rid of a bunch of old monitors, computers and parts for my company. Now, the week after I completed this task, Dell has announced that they will be offering free recycling of any Dell-branded product, ensuring that the hazardous materials are properly disposed of and recycled where possible.
According to a the company’s press release, “Under its new policy, Dell will provide consumers no-charge recycling of any Dell-branded product, regardless of whether a replacement product is purchased.”
The service is expected to launch by September 2006 in the U.S. and by November 2006 globally.
As far as I know, this is the first major manufacturer to offer this service, which typically costs anywhere from $75 to $100 per system if you were to to have a computer recylcler haul away your old machines.