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Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Names Dell Inc as Winner of its 2018 Design for Recycling Award

Dell’s Latitude 5590 & 5285 designed to be highly recyclable

(Las Vegas, NV) – In recognition of its concerted effort to design its Latitude 5590 laptop and 5285 2-in-1 with recyclability being of high importance, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industry (ISRI) names Dell Inc. as its 2018 Design for Recycling® (DFR) Award winner. The DFR Award is ISRI’s most prestigious award given annually to the most innovative contribution to products designed with recycling in mind. It recognizes proactive steps made by manufacturers that have actively incorporated DFR principles into products and processes.

“Dell has a proven commitment to incorporating recyclability into its innovative product designs,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “Having also won in 2014 for the Latitude 10 and XPS 10 tablets and Latitude E7240 laptop, Dell becomes the first two-time recipient of the DFR award. Dell has continued its groundbreaking designing by incorporating gold recycled from old electronics into its new products and ensuring that when Dell products reach the end of life stage, they can be recycled in a safe, environmentally-friendly manner. ISRI is once again proud to honor Dell with the Design for Recycling Award.”

All Dell Latitude notebooks are designed to be more than 97 percent recyclable. The Latitude 5590 has additional features making it even easier to recycle. It contains a removable battery, is free of harmful substance such as mercury, eliminated the use of glues and adhesives, contains a modular design making easier to access and disassemble, and uses standardized fasteners. The Latitude 5285 2-in-1 convertible notebook was launched in 2017 using gold recycled from used electronic products. Dell became the first PC manufacturer to use recycled gold in its motherboards rather than mining it.

“We are honored to receive the 2018 ISRI Design for Recycling (DFR) Award for the Latitude 5590 and Latitude 5285 2-in-1 products,” says Darrel Ward, SVP Commercial Client Business Unit at Dell. Dell has taken a sustainability lens to product design since the beginning.  Since 2008, we have used more than 50 million pounds of recycled materials into products including plastics, carbon fiber and now gold.  Our use of recycled materials and new innovations may not always be visible to the eye, but it is important to customers and the environment. This award validates the innovation and thoughtfulness we put into each and every product, and we’re dedicated to pushing responsible design principles forward.”

Dell received the award during the 2018 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 presenting the award more than 10 years ago. Previous winners include EcoStrate, Samsung, LG Electronics, Inc., Cascades Fine Papers Group, Hewlett-Packard, The Herman Miller Company, and Wind Simplicity.

*Photo: (Left to Right): Puneet Shrivastava, Dell Global Product Compliance Engineering & Environmental Affair and Mark Lewon, ISRI Chair.


The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents more than 1,300 companies in 21 chapters in the U.S. and more than 40 countries that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides education, advocacy, safety 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. Generating nearly $117 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides nearly half a million Americans with good jobs.

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