Apple Expands Recycling Options for Old Computers and Mobile Devices

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today quietly rolled out several enhancements to its reuse and recycling programs designed to help consumers dispose of their outdated computers and mobile devices in an environmentally friendly manner. The changes include the addition of old iPhone and iPad devices as accepted items for gift card trade-ins and free recycling for all computers and displays, regardless of manufacturer.


    - iPhone and iPad now accepted for Apple Gift Card trade-ins. Apple has for some time partnered with PowerON to offer users the ability to trade in an old desktop or notebook computer (Mac or PC) and receive an Apple Gift Card good for the "fair market value" of the computer. The gift card can then be used in any Apple retail store or the online store. Apple has now expanded the trade-in program to allow users to send in their used iPhone and iPad devices for gift cards.
    - Free recycling of all computers and displays. Apple also has an existing partnership with WeRecycle to help recycle computers that no longer possess trade-in value. Apple had previously offered free recycling of all old Macs as well as PC systems for customers purchasing Macs, old non-Apple-branded computers and displays recycled without the purchase of a Mac were processed through WeRecycle for a $30 fee to cover shipping. But Apple has now expanded its relationship with WeRecycle to support free recycling of all brands of computers and displays, regardless of whether the user is purchasing a new Mac.
    Apple also continues to offer its iPod and mobile phone recycling program. That program offers users 10% off of the purchase of a new iPod when they trade in an old iPod at an Apple retail store. Users can also recycle their old iPods or mobile phones (from any manufacturer) free of charge by mail.

    Apple's recycling and trade-in services are of course not the only options for users seeking to get rid of outdated equipment, as there are many other vendors offering cash for trade-ins and a number of states and municipalities offer recycling programs for electronics. But Apple is clearly taking an interest in providing such services on a broader basis to help simplify the process for its customers.

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  2. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    Just sell your old Apple gear. Big resale value, as we are all aware. Older Macs can still fetch a pretty penny.

    Granted, at some point it'll either end up as a collector's item or an addition to a trash heap.
  3. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Why didn't Apple put out a press release about the increased recycling options? It helps the world, it helps their customers, and it helps them look good.
  4. Prynce macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Is this U.S. only, or is this available in Canada?
  5. patora macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2011
    I wish they offered this service inside the Apple stores or offered a cash option. I don't want to have to wait for a gift card to come before purchasing a new iMac.
  6. macnisse macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
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    Great going Apple, and a nice kick in the butt for the competitors to create equally green ecosystems :)
  7. King Flamez1 macrumors regular

    King Flamez1

    Feb 27, 2011
    Toronto, Canada
    Im probably going to end up doing this for when I'm going to be upgrading to a new MBP, and i'd love to see Apple add a discounted price for people that would trade in their old MBPs for new ones
  8. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Wait- did I understand this correctly? I have an old Gatway 2000 PC from the late 90's sitting in my basement. I can just call Apple and they'll give me a shipping label so I can recycle it for $0 on my part?
  9. 100Teraflops macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    Elyria, Ohio
    I think so! You have to provide the box though. I have an old Gateway and an HP laptop collecting dust. I will utilize this program!
  10. AriX macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2007
  11. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Perfect timing! I’ve got some old PCs and things taking up space, and was shortly going to look into when they can be collected in my community. Thanks to Apple, that answer is “always.”

    For my old Mac—which must have some value—if these gift cards are truly “fair market value” or even close, then I may just do that instead of the hassle of selling it myself.

    I’m sure you can get lucky (or not) on eBay or Craigslist, and make more than the gift card... but assuming I don’t do that, are the cards comparable to the value if you sell your Mac to the various companies that resell used computers? Or are these gift cards just a bad choice? (Still convenient and a nice incentive of course.) The gift card IS as good as cash to me, since I’m bound to buy another Mac someday.
  12. jaster2 macrumors newbie


    Jun 21, 2010
    Time to let go of Powerbook 180?

    So many fond memories. Hard to let it go...
  13. MCMarshall macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2010
    What a terrible editorial statement. Apple provides this service because they can capitalise a lot by doing so in comparison to third party services who offer more cash to the consumer, not so much about being "green" I'm afraid.
  14. winston1236 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2010
    yea, thats part of the apple appeal as opposed to a pc with 0 value after a year or two
  15. JimmyDreams macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2007
    Best Buy will recycle your equipment for free ($10 fee for CRTs, but they give you a $10 gift card to offset that cost).

    I've dropped a bunch of old electronics at BB over the years.
  16. Icehand03 macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2010
  17. RMo macrumors 65816


    Aug 7, 2007
    Iowa, USA
    I can barely even give it away anymore, but perhaps I may finally rid my apartment of this graphite iMac G3 sitting in the corner (which, I confess, was my primary computer as recently as three years go on a temporary basis while I was waiting for the unibody aluminum MacBook to be released).

    I'm also guessing that for gift cards, the hardware has to be in decent physical shape and more or less working order--none of this cracked-screen or headphone-port-stopped-working stuff? :D
  18. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    that's awesome. As someone who sits at an office, the abilty to not have to drive somewhere to get rid of stuff is fantastic.
  19. FroMann macrumors 6502


    Mar 26, 2011
    North Carolina, USA.
    So would it be possible to give Apple an old PC from the 90s and early 2000s missing a hard drive, Disc drive, power supply, and have them recycle it for free?
  20. Yumunum macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2011
    I would never use this program... I'm sure a lot of people are like me. If I'm getting a new computer I'll put the old one on Craigslist, and earn as much as possible. If I have some computer that's completely worthless, I'll throw it away. I'm not going to take the time to ship it to Apple
  21. hexor macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2002
    Depending on where you live it may be illegal for you to throw it away. CRT monitors for one have a large amount of lead in the glass. Older computers will have lead, PVC, cadmium, mercury, etc.. All really nasty stuff if not disposed of properly.
  22. aznkid25 macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2007
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    Do any PC notebooks have fair market value? I've tried three of mine. All have no fair market value.
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    flottenheimer macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2008
    Up north
  24. likemyorbs macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2008
    I can't part with my clamshell iBook, nor my matching iMac G3. And i especially can't part with my 1984 Apple IIc, but i wonder how much apple would give me for that, especially since it still works like new. I would love to see the look on the employees faces when they open that box :D
  25. Justinf79 macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2009
    Fair market value my ass... They say they'll give me $756 for my MP, when I could get like $1800 on the street for it.

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