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by Mark Carpenter | Apr 01, 2014

ISRI Presents Dell Inc with its 2014 Design for Recycling® Award

Award recognizes those who design with recycling in mind

(Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) today 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.

“As the Voice of the Recycling IndustryTM, ISRI is proud to present the 2014 Design for Recycling® Award to Dell for prioritizing recycling in the manufacture of its tablets, laptops, and similar products,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “As Dell demonstrates, effective recycling begins at the drawing board. There were many strong contenders for this year’s award, but Dell’s strong commitment to sustainability, both through its own practices and for those who use its products, rose above the crowd. As more and more manufacturers follow Dell’s lead and place a strong emphasis on recycling at the beginning of the design phase, we look forward to many more qualified applicants for the DFR Award in the future.”

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 used of glues/adhesives, and convenient disassembly guides. The company’s use of recycled materials, including nearly 8 million pounds 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.

“We are honored to have received the 2014 Design for Recycling (DFR) Award for our Latitude 10, Latitude E7240 and XPS 10,” said Ed Boyd, vice president of Experience Design, Dell. “Not only do we think of our customers when we design our products, we actively consider the environment at every stage of the product lifecycle. This award validates the hard work and thoughtfulness we put into each and every product design and we’re excited to continue to push these responsible design principles forward.”

Dell will receive the award on April 10, 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.

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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI)
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the Voice of the Recycling Industry™. ISRI represents more than 1,600 companies in 21 chapters nationwide that process, broker and industrially consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides safety, education, advocacy, and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development. For more information about ISRI, visit www.ISRI.org.