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Old Apr 21, 2006, 10:44 AM   #1
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Apple announced that they had expanded their recycling program by now offering free computer take-back and recycling with any purchase of a new Mac starting in June.

U.S. customers purchasing through Apple's online store or retail store will receive free shipping and environmentally friendly disposal of their old computer.

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"Apple is committed to supporting our customers and protecting the environment throughout the entire product life cycle, from purchase through to retirement," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "Now we are making it even easier for Apple’s customers to safely and affordably recycle their used computers and iPods."
Apple had previously announced an iPod recycling program in 2005.

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Old Apr 21, 2006, 10:47 AM   #2
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 10:51 AM   #3
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This is a great program... It's getting harder to dispose of old computer equipment. Our local garbage won't take a computer or monitor. You have to pay a recycling fee and take the computer to the dump.
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 10:51 AM   #4
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Nice to see a Fortune 500 company taking some environmental initiative. I was just reading "The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power" which talks about corporations and environmental concerns. Quite interesting.
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 10:53 AM   #5
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Good idea for them to finally do this.
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 10:53 AM   #6
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And, of course, there's negative ratings. Who would rate this negative?

Probably someone who wants Apple to pay them for their computer.
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 10:54 AM   #7
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 10:55 AM   #8
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Nice to see initiative. My next Macbook Pro will be green
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 10:55 AM   #9
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You want rid of your old computer...send it my way!
Even an non-Mac?
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And, of course, there's negative ratings. Who would rate this negative?

Probably someone who wants Apple to pay them for their computer.

Who would throw away a computer? And yep, this program would be nice if they bought them off of you. Maybe you people should call some schools in your area. I bet they would love to come pick them up from you. There is also the united way, toys for totts, salvation army... all of which will come to your house and pick them up. Think people.
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 10:57 AM   #11
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I assume this means we'll see Apple_Authorized_Outlet become the newest eBay member?

If you want FREE recycling now, I'll pay shipping to me for most of your computer related items!
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 11:00 AM   #12
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i wouldn't mind like 5% off the purchase of a new computer or something, just some very small incentive.....
do u think the apple genius can fix my old LC, it doesn't work.... just sitting their..
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 11:01 AM   #13
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Great. Where's Apple UK's recycling program??
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 11:01 AM   #14
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Yet another reason to like apple.

I am curious as to whether this is 'America - Only' though? Have i missed a paragraph answering this?
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So now Apple's refurb section just got bigger? All profit, baby.
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And, of course, there's negative ratings. Who would rate this negative?

Probably someone who wants Apple to pay them for their computer.
A new macs for old policy would be better

You could vote neegative for the lack of an international policy. Us poor forgotten brits
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 11:03 AM   #17
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Who would throw away a computer? And yep, this program would be nice if they bought them off of you. Maybe you people should call some schools in your area. I bet they would love to come pick them up from you. There is also the united way, toys for totts, salvation army... all of which will come to your house and pick them up. Think people.
Depends on how old the computer is. Even schools and nonprofits often have minimum requrements for computers they'll take. I have checked this out in reference to my 450mhz Dell; while I'll save the hard drive, I've yet to find anyone who would take it, even for free. When I eventually upgrade to an iMac for my desk, this recycling program would be excellent for me.
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 11:07 AM   #18
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all you get is free shipping on your purchase? You might as well just give your old comp away.
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 11:07 AM   #19
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I could only see using this if the computer was no longer functional, but I just toss that stuff in the recycling can. Let the recycling center sort it out I say, since I get charged to recycle anyway.

However if it is still functional I will sell it if worth over $300. If it is worth less I will offer it to a friend with an older machine, assuming they don't want the computer I will bring it to the Salvation Army.

Remember when giving to the salvation army or any charity include all cords and only 100% functional equipment, they don't have computer cabling and techs lying around you know. If you have any extra VGA, USB or power cords bring them with you they need them since most people do not include them.
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I assume this means we'll see Apple_Authorized_Outlet become the newest eBay member?

If you want FREE recycling now, I'll pay shipping to me for most of your computer related items!
I was thinking along the same lines - I think eBay is probably a more attractive "recycling" program, and more environmental, too, because it lets someone else get some extended use out of an existing thing, rather than them having to go get a new thing and thus consume some more resources.

However, this is still a positive move by Apple, and I hope people who would not be using eBay to "recycle" their old hardware, or who would be unable to sell the hardware due to damage or age, will take advantage of the program to make sure their Apple products get disposed of properly.
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all you get is free shipping on your purchase? You might as well just give your old comp away.
actually, i believe the 'free shipping' is for sending the old computer to Apple. You already get free shipping for your new Mac from the Apple on-line store.
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 11:22 AM   #22
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This is literally a recycling program. They're offering to provide a free option for the environmental disposal of old computers, for people who would otherwise throw them away. It's not a profit source for customers--this is something that costs Apple money and Apple's refurb store isn't going to swell with the old and broken computers that come back to them.

This isn't a buyback or a trade-up program--no monetary incentives are called for. If the computer still works and isn't cripplingly outdated, by all means give it away to a worthwhile cause or sell it. If it's landfill-bound, then this is the perfect green solution.
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 11:22 AM   #23
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Apple making money? I don't think they will be able to give away my LC II. Still runs - But no CD rom drive: Just Floppies. I love them Apples, but the LC II was perhaps my worst purchasing decision - ever.
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 11:26 AM   #24
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What are the values / costs for Apple in an old computer

Assuming that they receive mostly 4 to 10 year old computers, what are the components that they can salvage or reuse or extract value? What are the components that are costly to properly dispose?
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Old Apr 21, 2006, 11:28 AM   #25
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hmm..in alberta they already charge a recycling levy on new computers/tvs/monitors and they have specific places to take old equipment.

Although maybe this is just a US thing.
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