Dell Bans E-waste Export To Developing Nations

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Dell has banned the export of non-working electronics to developing countries

as part of its global policy on responsible electronics disposal.


Dell's electronics disposition policy now exceeds the requirements of the

Basel Convention, which bans the export of various e-waste based on its material

or chemical composition. By expanding its definition of electronic waste to

include all non-working parts or devices, irrespective of material composition,

Dell aims to help prevent the unauthorized dumping of electronic waste in

developing countries by requiring that equipment be tested and certified as

'working' prior to export.

As per Dell's electronics disposition policy, the vendor defines electronic

waste as non-working parts or devices, irrespective of material composition. It

does not include-materials deemed non-hazardous by the Basel Convention; Working

equipment and parts that are not intended for disposal or recycling, but for

donation, reuse or resale; Components being returned under warranty to the

original equipment manufacturer; or Materials to be used in manufacturing

without further processing or preparation.

Mahesh Bhalla,

GM-Consumer Business India, Dell


The policy also states:

  • All exports and imports of electronic waste handled by Dell and its

    authorized environmental partners will comply with existing international

    waste trade agreements and legal requirements
  • Dell does not permit electronic waste to be exported from developed to

    developing countries, either directly or through intermediaries
  • No prison or child labor will be used in the disposal of electronic waste
  • Every reasonable effort will be made to control all electronic wastes and

    prevent it from entering landfills or incinerators

The policy also reinforces that electronic waste processed by Dell's

disposition chain is tracked and documented throughout the entire chain of

custody until final disposition, and that Dell will audit its recycling,

refurbishment and processing vendors at least annually to ensure they conform

with Dell's electronics disposition policy and environmental partner performance



Mahesh Bhalla, GM-Consumer Business India, Dell said, “To ensure that

efficient and convenient product recovery options are available directly to

consumers, Dell provides free recycling for any Dell branded product at anytime

and free recycling for other branded products with the purchase of new Dell