Gallery: Apple Recycling Program Will Now Accept Old PCs for Free


Apple has decided to open its recycling program to a wider electronics world and will now be accepting old PCs, iPods and iPhones for free. They used to charge PC owners $30 to take their old computers – unless they bought a new Mac, in which case they’d recycle the old one for free as a thank you. Now there’s no need to hop onto the Mac wagon or shell out dough – your PC will be accepted and responsibly recycled, no questions asked. In the newly reconstructed program you can also get a gift certificate if your old device is still worth something, and most recycled iPods will score you 10% off a new one.

Once you hand your old gadgets over to Apple they’ll be delivered to PowerON, a company that specializes in the reuse and resale of old electronics. If PowerON deems your gadget unworthy of the market, they’ll send it along to an Apple contracted recycling company that will make sure that its parts will be reused to build the new gadgets of the future.

Apple’s new recycling program is not only kinder to the earth but will probably help them lure PC owners to their side of the electronics world. Under the Apple recycling program, if your old electronics are in good enough shape to be reused, Apple will send you a gift card for a part of their reuse value. You can take your electronics to a participating Apple store to have them recycled properly or you can go to Apple’s website and fill out their form to receive a pre-paid shipping label.

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Via Engadget


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  1. lazyreader August 12, 2011 at 10:30 am

    How do you recycle a computer cost effectively? There made out of many very small intricate parts. The circuit boards contain such precious metals as gold, silver, platinum, etc. and such base metals as copper, iron, aluminum, etc. Conventional method employed is mechanical shredding and separation but the recycling efficiency is low. How do you separate the tiny materials of value and dispose of the otherwise toxic materials. According to the Reason Foundation, e-cycling will only raise the product and waste management costs of e-waste for consumers and limit innovation on the part of high-tech companies. Only 4% of waste is electronic. Another opposition to e-cycling is that many problems are posed in disassembly: the process is costly and dangerous because of the heavy metals of which the electronic products are composed, and as little as 1-5% of the original cost of materials can be retrieved. A final problem that people find is that identity fraud is all too common in the disposal of electronic products. People think that they are recycling their electronic waste, when in reality it is actually being exported to developing countries such as China, India, and Nigeria. It has been estimated that 90% of e-waste is not being recycled as promised. Although not possible in all circumstances, the best way to e-cycle is to upcycle your e-waste, in other words upgrades and holding onto the parts you removed until it’s better to recycle them.

  2. lazyreader August 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Whether intended or not planned obsolescence is a part of the industrial cycle. Instilling in the buyer the desire to own something a little newer, a little better, a little sooner than is necessary. Will they accept any computer or just their models. Apple used to make its first computers in the beginning that were incredibly modular so upgrades could be made overnight.

    The real reason your cell phone becomes old in just a few years…..batteries. Many portable consumer electronics contain proprietary, often lithium-based batteries. These batteries last only about 500 cycles before losing large amounts of their capacity. Rechargeable lithium batteries always contain integrated circuits (IC); they are required because of the above average risk of fire or explosion the batteries have when improperly charged. The IC keeps track of statistics of the battery to determine the current full charge point for the battery. Production of these batteries is usually stopped at around the same time the product is discontinued therefore rendering the product worthless once the batteries start to wear out. Some people will reset the ICs in the battery pack, and obtain almost their original runtime on the battery (minus the natural decay the battery cells).

    But some products also consume related resources that need not be consumed. For example, a 4-color inkjet printer that is used mostly for printing in gray scale and seldom in color, may be pre-programmed to deplete color inks while printing black, so that the color cartridge(s) must be replaced about the same time as the black ink cartridge.

    Arguably continuously replacing, rather than repairing various products creates more waste, pollution, uses more natural resources, and results in more consumer spending. One workaround for these setbacks can involve a consumer getting more tech-savvy about them so they can jury-rig them to work beyond the intended life span.

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