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Apple Now Accepting All Products for Recycling at Retail Stores

apple_green_logosApple will now begin accepting old products for recycling at all of its retail stores worldwide, reports The Associated Press. While the company has had a recycling program for quite some time, the terms for trading in a product would vary by device category.

For instance, those looking to trade in a Mac or iPad for recycling were limited to filling out an online form and shipping it with a prepaid label, while those looking to drop off an iPhone or iPod could bring it into an Apple Retail Store or ship it to a recycling center.

Now, customers are welcome to bring in all products to any of its retail locations, where the company will recycle them for free. While all devices will be accepted for recycling at no charge, those who bring in products that are in fair condition will also receive a store gift card.

Apple made changes to its recycling program in 2011, expanding the program to include more devices and older computers. Last year, Apple also introduced an iPhone trade-in program that allowed customers to trade in a device for a gift card that could be used toward the purchase of a new iPhone, which has since expanded to multiple countries.

The move comes as Apple launched its "Better" environmental campaign yesterday ahead of Earth Day, which included a video detailing the environmental efforts of its Apple Campus 2 project. Apple will celebrate Earth Day at its retail locations around the world by giving its logos green leaves and having its employees wear special green shirts. The company will also reportedly hold an event at its main campus in Cupertino, California.

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14 weeks ago
I'm a MacRumors forum member so I'm gonna find a reason to complain about this.
Rating: 19 Votes
14 weeks ago
... or you can just sell it on eBay or Craigslist.
Rating: 5 Votes
14 weeks ago
Just to put this "great innovation" in context: in Switzerland every electronics store is obliged to take back any electronics devices - TVs, computers, microwaves, radios, ... - for recycling! No matter whether the device was actually bought in that store!

That service is already paid for when you buy the device - any electric or electronic device.

Want a reference? Here: http://www.erecycling.ch/faq-e-recycling#t25n115

Off course it is in german, but the first FAQ answer sais it all: "Überall dort wo diese Elektro- und Elektronikgeräte verkauft werden, können Sie diese auch zurückbringen." -> "You can return your devices at every store which sells electric and electronic devices".
Rating: 5 Votes
14 weeks ago
A $20 gift card for a computer that can be sold at over 20 times more? Call me in!!!
Rating: 3 Votes
14 weeks ago
I'm someone who thinks that (detailed content self-censored that basically says I think Tim Cook, and massively board-member Al Gore, are wrong on the environmental front).

However, I have to say I'm fully behind this move, as it shows that the company at least takes responsibility for the equipment they put out into the world. Maybe not all equipment needs this policy, but consumer electronics are difficult for the unequipped to dispose of properly and even attempt to recycle.

Now, I hope Apple tries to recycle and dispose of the equipment in the country where it is used, so that we don't pass off to the poor and/or corrupt countries the burden of putting up with consumer waste of others, IF that waste is NOT able to economically be turned into something useful.

(And I'll finish by pushing for inexpensive energy, because it helps so much in making true recycling much more economically possible. Energy is a beautiful thing!)
Rating: 2 Votes
14 weeks ago

So true, I'm glad you said it.

On topic: this is great. So many old iPods are now broken and just stuck in a drawer somewhere.


Does not your local municipality/county/whatever have a recycling program?
Here in Europe, and particularly in Spain and Sweden (speaking about both the countries I have lived and currently live) there are such services to recycle everything: electronics, used oil, appliances, furniture,... (besides the usual paper, glass and plastic) even debris from construction...

This is great idea from Apple (and of course marketized to sell more...) but I'd rather give business to a local/national company than to Apple itself for a small discount at best.

And it is funny how Apple actually uses the local services in Spain and Sweden: http://www.apple.com/recycling/nationalservices/europe.html
Rating: 2 Votes
14 weeks ago

Just to put this "great innovation" in context: in Switzerland every electronics store is obliged to take back any electronics devices - TVs, computers, microwaves, radios, ... - for recycling! No matter whether the device was actually bought in that store!

That service is already paid for when you buy the device - any electric or electronic device.

Want a reference? Here: http://www.erecycling.ch/faq-e-recycling#t25n115

Off course it is in german, but the first FAQ answer sais it all: "Überall dort wo diese Elektro- und Elektronikgeräte verkauft werden, können Sie diese auch zurückbringen." -> "You can return your devices at every store which sells electric and electronic devices".


I'd rather "recycle" on my own than have recycling tax included in the price of every electronic prodyct I buy.
Rating: 2 Votes
14 weeks ago
I'll have to stop by to get my gift cards for my G5 tower, iMac bondi 333, Mac 8500, Mac II ci, Mac 128, all which are in good working condition.
BTW do they take Image & Laser Writer printers too?
Rating: 2 Votes
14 weeks ago
In my experience, you'll only get a gift card if your recycled product is a very recent model, and it won't be for much. You're better off trying to sell it. You'll get more money that way, and for the environment, reusing is better than recycling anyway.
Rating: 1 Votes
14 weeks ago
Passing it down in family/friends or ebaying it is a better solution than recycling. Remember REUSE comes before RECYCLE.
Rating: 1 Votes

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