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Dell and its Social Good Advocate, Adrian Grenier, team up with Goodwill and Uber in honour of America Recycles Day

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To mark America Recycles Day, Dell and its Social Good Advocate, Adrian Grenier, are joining with Uber and Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey (Goodwill NYNJ) to help people in New York City properly recycle used technology and keep it from joining the millions of pounds of e-waste that is improperly recycled each year.

On Saturday, Nov. 14, drivers on the Uber network will provide free pickups of used electronics in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens courtesy of Dell. Drivers on the Uber network will transport items to Goodwill NYNJ’s donation centers across the city where they will be recycled through the Dell Reconnect program.

According to a United Nations University report, the world produced 41.8 million tons of e-waste in 2014, with less than one-sixth of it being properly recycled, leading to toxic chemicals going into landfills and polluting our environment. Proper recycling of technology is especially challenging in cities like New York, where mass transit is a primary form of travel, making transporting a used computer to a drop-off location difficult.


Dell is working to change how people view used electronics through global takeback programs and the implementation of a closed-loop system that integrates recycled e-waste plastics into new products. To help encourage everyone to take advantage of the day, a native New Yorker and Dell Social Good Advocate, Adrian Grenier, will recycle his used technology and Uber around New York to thank people for responsibly disposing their computers.

“We all need to do our part to keep our environment and homes clean and healthy,” said Grenier, actor, producer and Dell Social Good Advocate. “The NYC Tech Takeback makes electronics recycling easier and helps New Yorkers to rid their homes of dusty old tech while doing something good for our planet. Why wouldn’t you want to participate?”

On Nov. 14 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., residents of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn can take part in NYC Tech Takeback by opening the Uber app, entering the promo code TECHTAKEBACK and requesting an on-demand pickup at their home or office. A driver will collect the used technology and transport it to a Goodwill NYNJ location for recycling. All technology drop-offs are free. Participants must wipe all electronics clear of data prior to donation.

“When safeguarding the environment is as easy as requesting an Uber ride, the choice is a simple one,” said Josh Mohrer, Uber NYC General Manager. “Uber is honored to partner with Dell and Goodwill to help New Yorkers dispose of their electronic waste in an environmentally-conscious way.”


Dell Reconnect

NYC Tech Takeback is powered by Dell Reconnect, a program that collects any brand of used electronics in any condition for recycling at more than 2,000 Goodwill locations across the United States. The program makes disposing of used technology easy and free while providing a tax deduction to donors and ensuring that their used electronics will be recycled (and in some locations reused or refurbished) responsibly from landfills. All proceeds from donated devices go directly to Goodwill, with each donation helping people with disadvantages and disabilities through job training, employment placement and technology skills development through Dell-sponsored programs in their local communities. Since the program began in 2004, Dell Reconnect has diverted more than 427 million pounds of used electronics from landfills.

“Goodwill encourages people to repurpose the clothing they no longer need and responsibly recycle unwanted electronics,” said Mauricio Hernandez, executive vice president, business operations for Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey (Goodwill NYNJ). “When residents donate to Goodwill the items they no longer need, they support our mission of empowering individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment to gain independence through the power of work. In 2014, Goodwill NYNJ diverted more than 112 million pounds of unwanted goods out of landfills, including 2.5 million pounds of electronics.”

Recycled computers are disassembled and the materials are integrated into new Dell products as part of the company’s circular economy initiative and closed-loop recycling program. Since 2014, Dell has recycled 4.2 million pounds of e-waste plastics back into new Dell products. These closed-loop plastics are used in 31 monitor models and three Dell desktop systems available globally.

“Reducing the impact our technology has on the environment is a priority for Dell. One of the best ways to accomplish that is by encouraging proper recycling of electronics and informing people of how easy it is for them to give their computers a second-life once they are done with it,” said Deborah Sanders, director of global takeback, Dell. “We are constantly finding new ways to meet our 2020 goals of collecting 2 billion pounds of used electronics for recycling and reuse. Our partnership with Goodwill is a great way to achieve this while also providing support and job training tools in communities across the country.”

For a full list of Goodwill locations around the country that accept used electronic donations year-round through Dell Reconnect, visit Dell.com/Reconnect.

Additionally, Dell now offers a national consumer trade-in program that offers a dell.com gift card when customers trade-in any brand of used electronics.

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.


1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.


3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.


Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.


We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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