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In December, 2011, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries joined together with other Goodwill organizations across North America to partner with the very successful Dell Reconnect computer recycling program. The purpose of the program is to help consumers responsibly recycle unwanted computers and divert technology waste from landfills. The initial Dell Reconnect program started in Texas in 2004, and since then more than 232 million pounds of electronic equipment has been responsibly recycled through Goodwill Industries since the partnership started. In just a little over two months from the start of the program here in Greater Cincinnati, Ohio Valley Goodwill has collected over 60,000 pounds of donated materials and made its first shipment to Dell Reconnect. The shipment which was made on February 9th consisted of 24 pallets totaling 35,908 pounds and included 320 monitors, 720 printers and 280 towers. The organization is on track to meet its goal of recycling more than 60,000 pounds of unwanted computer and electronic equipment each month in partnership with the Dell Reconnect program. “Goodwill couldn’t be more pleased with the initial community response to the official launch of our Dell Reconnect program,” said Bill Martin, Goodwill Industrial Services Manager. The organization is projecting a second load being sent to Dell later this month to total over 32,ooo pounds of electronic material. The spring season is the most popular time of the year to de-clutter and clean out unwanted items from people’s homes and Ohio Valley Goodwill urges donors to join the organization in its commitment to responsible recycling by donating today! To find out more about the Goodwill/Dell Reconnect partnership, please visit our website at: www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/donate.