Dell initiative sees 35 tonnes of e-waste collected

29 Jun 2009

A one-day free recycling event at Dell’s campus in Cherrywood, Dublin, resulted in over 35 tonnes of unwanted electrical equipment and electronic waste collected.

The one-day event was held by Dell, with the support of WEEE Ireland and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

“Dell has been leading the way in the green space for a number of years now,” said Aongus Hegarty, vice-president, Dell Ireland.

“Recently we’ve achieved our goal of becoming carbon-neutral, and have also developed a suite of products in response to our customer needs to reduce emissions, lower energy costs, decrease their company’s physical footprint in the data centre, and reduce capital infrastructure costs.

“We plan to continue on this path in the future and will always look at ways at simplifying the ‘green’ process for our customers,” Hegarty added.

For consumers who were unable to take advantage of the recycling event, Dell offers home and home office customers a free online recycling service when purchasing a new Dell computer or if you have old Dell equipment.

This can be accessed at Alternatively those who wish to donate computer equipment for reuse can do so by visiting, which gives details on how used PCs can be donated to community and non-profit groups through Dell’s partnership with the RT Centre.

“Any household item that requires a plug or a battery to function and is at the end of its life is considered waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE),” explained Conor Leonard, WEEE Ireland.

“All of these items can be deposited at any of the 79 civic amenity sites nationwide for free recycling. Location details and opening hours of recycling centres around the country are available on our website,,” Leonard said.

By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years