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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) announced Dell Inc. as the recipient of the 2014 Design for Recycling® (DFR) Award

for two of its tablets and a laptop model representing products that emphasize recycling during every phase of the lifecycle. The DFR Award is ISRI’s highest award given annually to the most outstanding contribution to products designed with recycling in mind. It recognizes proactive steps made by manufacturers who have actively incorporated DFR principles into products and processes.

The Dell Latitude 10 and XPS 10 tablets, and its Latitude E7240 laptop are being recognized with this award. They were designed with recycling in mind through striving for modularity in design; clear labelling of parts for identification, minimal use of glues/adhesives and convenient disassembly guides. The company’s use of recycled materials, including nearly 8 million lbs. of recycled-content plastic in its desktops and monitors, sustainable bamboo and mushrooms for cushion material, and post-harvest wheat waste mixed with recycled-content corrugate for boxes further adds to Dell’s dedication to recycling from the very early stages of product creation.

Dell received the award during the 2014 ISRI Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas.

To be eligible for ISRI’s Design for Recycling Award, a product must be designed/redesigned and manufactured to:
•Contain the maximum amount of materials that are recyclable;
•Be easily recycled through current or newly designed recycling processes and procedures;
•Be cost effective to recycle, whereby the cost to recycle does not exceed the value of its recycled materials;
•Be free of hazardous materials that are not recyclable or impede the recycling process;
•Minimize the time and cost involved to recycle the product;
•Reduce the use of raw materials by including recycled materials and/or components; and,
•Have a net gain in the overall recyclability of the product while reducing the overall negative impact on the environment.

ISRI began the award more than 25 years ago. Previous winners include Cascades Fine Papers Group, Coca-Cola Recycling Company, Hewlett-Packard, The Herman Miller Company, Wind Simplicity, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Published in the May 2014 Edition of American Recycler News