Apple is offering up to $200 (for a 32GB iPhone 4) for used iPhones, depending on condition, via its recycling and trade-in program. The company also takes in iPads, old Mac and PC notebook and desktop machines for recycling.

Apple has partnered with California-based PowerON for its recently-expanded recycling service, calling the company "an industry leader in the responsible reuse and recycling of used IT assets."

To return an iPhone, users must first choose which model they have and then answer a few simple questions about the state of the device, including whether it is severely scratched, water damaged, and if it works properly. PowerON provides free shipping materials and, upon receipt and verification of the device, mails out an Apple Gift Card for the fair market value of the product -- or approximately what it would be worth selling it privately.

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Apple/PowerOn isn't the only way to dispose of old electronics, of course. Online trade-in services like Gazelle, selling devices on eBay or Craigslist, or trading in iOS devices at GameStop are all viable alternatives.

Understandably, some may prefer the official Apple path versus the hassle or risk of selling their devices to third-parties.

The trade-in service isn't the only useful recycling program that Apple offers. It also gives a 10% discount on a new iPod to customers who bring in an old iPod -- working or not -- to an Apple Retail Store for recycling. Retail Stores will also take in dead batteries and any cell phone for free recycling as well.

In recent years, Apple has worked to aggressively improve its environmental image.

Top Rated Comments

b-rad g Avatar
162 months ago
Too bad I already got $400 for mt iPhone 4 32gb on Criagslist, and I got cash which is just as good as money.;)
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Retrofire Avatar
162 months ago
Apple says my Mid-2009, 17" matte, 2.8 GHz C2D, in good or very good condition (except the discrete 9600 GPU) is worth < 35 US$. Yeah, that is right. I paid > 2900 US$ (including tax) in 2009 for this machine.

No thanks, Apple!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
OMGbrandon Avatar
162 months ago
eBay is paying more... LOL
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Menopause Avatar
162 months ago
To be fair you can get a much better price for a 'device of monetary value' on eBay.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rudy69 Avatar
162 months ago
I'll give $220 cash :D
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Adidas Addict Avatar
162 months ago
Just sold my iPhone 4 to eBay

What did a huge internet auction business want with your second hand phone?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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