On Feb. 18, 2012, the inaugural World CSR Day brought together global representatives from both the private and public sector to share experiences, challenges and opportunities to build a better society. Fast-forward to the year 2020, that inaugural event turned out to be a harbinger for things to come. Eight years later, we regularly see people vow to use only metal straws, cities banning plastic bags, and corporations pledging to go carbon neutral.
In fact, I’m proud to say that this past fall, Dell Technologies announced our new social impact plan for the next decade, Progress Made Real, in which we made a promise to use our global scale, broad technology portfolio and expertise to yield meaningful and measurable impact on society and the planet. With this plan, we outlined a series of aggressive “moonshot” goals that we hope to accomplish by 2030. Today, I’m asking for your support in helping us achieve one of those goals.
The plan stated that by 2030, for every product a customer buys, we will reuse or recycle an equivalent product. To help us do just that, Dell Technologies is hosting the Erase E-Waste Sweepstakes, inviting U.S.-based K-12 schools to recycle used consumer electronics for a chance to win technology for their classrooms.
“E-waste,” short for electronic waste, describes discarded electrical or electronic devices, including used computers, televisions, smart phones, and laptops. E-waste is one of the fastest-growing global waste streams. According to an United Nations University report, we are expected to see over 52 million tons of e-waste by 2021 and currently, only 20% of electronics are recycled responsibly. When not recycled, electronics typically end up in landfills, where they can leach toxins like lead, mercury and cadmium into the soil and groundwater.
By registering for the Dell Erase E-Waste Sweepstakes, schools will automatically receive a sustainability kit, with information on how to recycle electronics responsibility, tips for setting up a recycling drive, sustainability education resources as well as templates to help participants promote.
In addition to advancing sustainability, we are also committed to transforming lives through technology. This sweepstakes was a perfect opportunity to tie the Dell Erase E-Waste initiative to driving transformation in education. As such, those U.S. schools that pledge to recycle and share on social media about their recycling drive are automatically entered to win a collaborative learning space.
We know that digital tools help deepen learning and develop future readiness for students. That’s why Dell Technologies supports school districts in designing student-centric learning environments, inspiring students to lead their own path of discovery.
If you are a student, teacher, administrator, parent or just a concerned citizen, we’d encourage you to work with your schools to help set up a recycling drive, and post about it using #EraseEwasteSweepstakes.
Dell Technologies is committed to driving human progress. Through our reach, technology and people, we strive to create a positive and lasting impact on humankind and the planet.