Apple offers free iPod recycling program at US retail stores with 10 percent discount on new iPods

Apple announced a free recycling program for iPod, the world’s most popular digital music player. Beginning today, customers can bring iPods they no longer want to any of Apple’s 100 retail stores in the US for free environmentally friendly disposal, and those who drop off an iPod, iPod mini or iPod photo will receive a 10 percent discount on the purchase of a new iPod that day.

iPods received for recycling in the US are processed domestically and no hazardous material is shipped overseas.

More details of Apple’s worldwide recycling programs are available here.

20 Comments

  1. even if my battery died, id still keep my ipod as a external hard drive. having a 30gb portable hard disk is worth missing out on the discount.

  2. I must be dense or something. “iPods they no longer want”? I bought my wife an original 5Gb iPod a couple of years ago, and it still works fine. We’ve replaced the battery once, admittedly, but other than that, it remains a perfect unit! What’s going on here?

  3. i’ll be taking them up on this one. i loved my gen 1 ipod until the firewire connector loosened so much that it became useless. i’ll take that 10% discount no doubt. i wont be using the new one though… i already have a photo and a shuffle…

  4. “iPods received for recycling in the US are processed domestically and no hazardous material is shipped overseas.”

    Well that’s nice of them. Companies can ship jobs overseas, but no hazardous material. Cool.

  5. iPods DO break occasionally, especially if you use one outdoors a lot as I do. When the Gen 1 wheel breaks off or the jack gets mashed out of shape or the case gets cracked (and the warranty/AppleCare period has expired), that’s the best time to get a new iPod.

    I solved my problems by keeping my 40 GB iPod (my third) inside and buying a shuffle for outside. Only problem is that the lanyard is now a grungy gray and the blue and gray paint speckles are only on one side of the shuffle.

    But mainly this gets the enviros off of Apple’s back. Hard to believe that iPods are blamed for ruining the environment when the glaciers in Antarctica and Greenland are melting at a rate not found for hundreds of thousands of years. A little balance, please.

  6. WOW, THAT SHAO KHAN ADVERTISEMENT IS REALLY ANNOYING AND IRRITATING. I WANT TO DOUBLY *NOT* CLICK ON IT BECAUSE:

    A) IT’S SO ANNOYING
    B) I HAD TO HUNT FOR THE OFFENDING ADVERTISEMENT
    C) I HAD TO ACTUALLY MUTE MY COMPUTER TO KEEP FROM THROWING IT ACROSS THE ROOM.

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