Free PC recycling day hits Melbourne

Dell is hosting a free PC recycling day in Melbourne this weekend and is putting out the call for all your old PCs and peripherals.

The recycling day, to be held on Saturday October 14 from 9am to 3pm at the University of Melbourne's Parkville Campus, marks Dell's first community PC recycling day in Victoria.

Over the last 12 months, Dell has held events in Brisbane, Sydney and Wellington and collected more than 75 tonnes of old equipment.

At the most recent recycling day in Wellington, Dell recovered over 54 tonnes of recyclable material, making it one of the vendor's largest collection days anywhere in the world.

"Wellington's response was huge, we were not expecting it at all," said Dell spokesperson, Paul McKeon. "The government got right behind us with very strong support from New Zealand's Information Technology department and Ministry of Environment who even sent volunteers to help out."

Dell is after any brand of PC and peripherals including keyboards, printers, monitors and notebooks. People wishing to recycle PCs may drop off up to 3 units each.

McKeon said that past events had attracted so many varied and age-old PCs that the recycling days were often like walking through old museums.

"The number and age of machines that some people keep is amazing," he said. "We've even had computers come in with 20 year old Intel 8088 chips still in them."

Once collected, Dell sends the material to e-waste recycling company MRI, where metals, glass and plastics are extracted and put to new uses.

MRI also removes sensitive materials contained in PCs such as lead and ships them to Dell's dedicated storage facility.

The next scheduled recycling day is set for November 25 at Murdoch University in Perth. Dell also plans to make the recycling trip to Canberra and Adelaide in 2007, McKeon said.

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