Apple is expanding its USB Power Adapter Takeback Program to countries beyond the United States and China, reports 9to5Mac. First introduced last month following the electrocution of a Chinese woman using a counterfeit iPhone charger, the recycling initiative is designed to allow iOS users to safely replace and dispose of questionable third-party power adapters.
Under the terms of the program, Apple will accept and recycle any third-party charger, no questions asked. The company will also provide an authentic replacement charger for a fee of $10 in the United States, which is $9 cheaper than the standard $19 cost.
While the trade-in program was initially aimed at U.S. and Chinese Apple customers, it has now been expanded to cover Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and the U.K. as well, with the website displaying appropriate pricing included for each country.
Apple is currently preparing its retail locations for the program’s launch, providing training materials for employees. Trade-ins will be accepted beginning on August 16, with users able to bring any USB power adapter and an iPhone, iPad, or iPod to an Apple Retail Store or participating Apple Authorized Service Provider for a replacement. The program is set to last for several months, ending on October 18, 2013.