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Cleaning Up Your Mess With Agile 9.0

Agile Software Monday launched the latest version of its product lifecycle management (PLM) software for manufactures.

In addition to core component enhancements, the software features a tool for keeping tabs on environmental hazards and materials that could mean millions in fines if they aren't disposed of properly.

The San Jose, Calif.-based software developer, keying in on recent developments within the European Commission (EC), is providing the PLM Environmental Compliance Solution as a standalone product or integrated component of its Agile Platform.

"You see examples on a daily basis of companies who are faced with trying to adhere to a regulation or implementing government compliance because they were forced into it, yet there are not a lot of solutions available on the market," said Chris Wong, executive vice president of corporate strategy and development. "We're one of the few solutions out there available for them."

In the U.S. and abroad, manufacturers are finding out the high price of non-compliance with government regulations regarding dumping hazardous materials, whether its motor oil or the gases used to create circuit boards.

Dell is one of many computer manufacturers who are scrambling to install a hazardous material recycling program within the company, mainly due to California's newest environmental law, the Electronic Waste Recycling Act of 2003. The law, in addition to adding another tax to computer purchaser, requires manufacturers to eventually phase out heavy metals from its equipment.

The Round Rock, Texas-based computer company Wednesday announced the launch of recycling center grants to any city or agency that would set up and run a computer recycling center event, to the tune of $10,000 in 12 communities throughout the U.S.

"These events are intended to keep reusable and recyclable equipment out of landfills while raising awareness of responsible product end-of-life options," said Pat Nathan, Dell's sustainable business director, in a statement Wednesday.

The recycling grants are an extension of Dell's existing recycling efforts, where customers can have their obsolete computers recycled without taking it to a landfill.

While California is considered one of the more "greener" states when it comes to environmental compliance, other states are sure to follow suit.

"This is something that Dell is being forced to do through agencies like the state of California," Wong said. "Dell being one of our customers, we expect them to take this product."