If you live in Melbourne and have an old PC collecting dust in the garage, Dell will take it off your hands for one day only - tomorrow - and process the materials using environmentally-safe methods.
Dell is holding a free computer recycling day tomorrow at University of Melbourne.
If you've got an old PC that has been collecting dust in the garage, Dell will take it off your hands and process the materials using environmentally-safe methods.
Dell says up to three million computers a year are retired, with many of them finding their final resting place in council tips. But PCs contain many hazardous chemicals and heavy metals that can seriously pollute groundwater.
According to Dell, it is able to recover 97 per cent of the materials from PCs on average with the remaining three per cent going into landfill.
The equipment is disassembled and components recycled, for example: copper wire and polymer coating, circuit boards and copper, precious metal lead and other metals, unleaded glass, plastics where possible (and into things like fence posts and pallets), steel and other metals.
You can drop off up to three old hunk-o-junk PCs at University of Melbourne's Parkville Campus between 9am and 3pm tomorrow -- Saturday, October 14.
Dell is also accepting one monitor, printer, keyboard and mouse per PC for recycling.
Dell collected a staggering 75 tonnes of dead PCs at its previous recycling days in Sydney, Brisbane and Wellington (NZ). Perth residents will get a recycling day in November.
If you're not in Melbourne, you can still have your PC recycled, but you have to purchase a new Dell PC at the same time.
Dell says by the end of 2006, it will agree to take back any Dell-branded PC free of charge for recycling.
Dell issued the following facts about its previous recycling efforts:
- Most of the PCs recycled are generic "beige box" PCs or other manufacturers who don't have recycling services.
- The PCs people drop off typically date from the early 1990s, and 10 per cent were from the 70s and 80s. (Dell judged that most of the PCs had reached the end of their useful life.)
- Some of the oldest systems recycled by Dell include a Commodore 64 (circa 1983), complete with manuals and cassette tape player, an early model IBM PC and a Amstrad 'luggable' PC.
There's more info at www.dell.com.au/recycle.