This morning, Dell Plano employees welcomed Mayor Harry LaRosiliere to join the official kick-off of the Dell Plano Campus Recycling Reboot. As a corporate citizen, Dell strives to leave a positive, measurable and lasting contribution to the planet and society, and the updated Plano campus recycling program provides every Dell employee with even more opportunity to do their share every day.
The Plano Campus and the City of Plano Commercial Recycling department have a long and successful history in partnering to reduce the amount of trash that goes to the landfill and minimize the negative impact on the environment, having worked together for more than 10 years. The city’s Commercial Recycling program was launched in 2002 and that same year, the Plano Campus started participating in Single Stream recycling. Organic Recycling was added in 2006, and has resulted in over 211 tons of cafeteria waste being converted into Texas Pure Compost.
Efforts of both the City of Plano and Dell are making an impact: this past spring Plano was recognized as only the second city in Texas to earn a 4-STAR Community rating for providing our citizens with a healthy environment, supporting a strong economy and continually improving the well-being of our community; and Dell received the Environmental Star of Excellence Award for Organic Recycling from the city in 2010 and 2012.
The rebooted recycling program is part of Dell’s commitment to make a difference in the communities it operates in. Another way for Dell to stay connected to the local community, and not just be in the City of Plano but an active part of shaping the future of the City of Plano, was Dell’s participation in the Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program earlier this year. The program connects motivated high school students with local companies and organizations to provide opportunities for students’ real-world experience and growth—and this year’s Dell intern produced a video on recycling for today’s event.
In addition to rebooting the Plano Campus Recycling Program, Dell employees collected used PCs and monitors during today’s event to be reused or recycled into new products through the Dell Reconnect program. The event took place in celebration of America Recycles Day on November 15. In another event to celebrate that day, last Saturday, Dell partnered with Uber and Goodwill in New York City to help New Yorkers recycle e-waste.