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Recycling That Old PC

Techstination feature for Wednesday, April 2, 2003

Recycling that old PC. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. They're in closets, basements and garages by the millions. Old computers that are gathering dust. Dell Computer is launching a tour to promote its new recycling program. John Hamlin is Dell's consumer business senior VP...

"What we're doing is we're offering a fifteen dollar home pick-up recycling program where a customer can put any brand of PC or monitor or printer or peripheral out on their porch and schedule a pick-up with Airborne Express. And we either, at their discretion, donate that to the National Cristina Foundation or send it off to be recycled."

The foundation provides donated computers to schools or non-profit groups. Dell has been criticized for using a company called Unicor for its recycling. The company uses volunteer prison inmates in the program which involves handling potentially hazardous materials. Hamlin says consumers can take advantage of the recycling offer by placing their old equipment in a box... that can weigh up to fifty pounds...

"Typically that would be a computer and a monitor or a printer or something like that."

And the process...

"Go onto our Web site, go through the steps there and choose whether they want to donate or recycle. And then they would just package the system and put it on the porch and Airborne will pick it up."

Rival Hewlett Packard offers a recycling program as well, but according to its Web site would charge 59 dollars to pick up a computer, monitor and printer. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.