Apple offers free recycling of all used Apple products

“Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services,” Michael Liedtke reports for The Associated Press. “The iPhone and iPad maker is detailing its efforts to cultivate a greener Apple Inc. in an environmental section on the company’s website that debuted Monday. The site highlights the ways that the Cupertino, Calif., company is increasing its reliance on alternative power sources and sending less electronic junk to landfills.”

“Apple had already been distributing gift cards at some of its 420 worldwide stores in exchange for iPhones and iPods still in good enough condition to be resold,” Liedtke reports. “Now, all of the company’s stores will recycle any Apple product at no charge. Gift cards won’t be handed out for recycled products deemed to have little or no resale value.”

“All four of Apple’s data centers, which are located in North Carolina, Oregon, Nevada and California, already rely entirely on renewable energy, the company said. The electricity comes from a variety of alternative sources, including biogas, as well as wind, solar and hydro power,” Liedtke reports. “About 94 percent of the power in Apple’s offices in the world is now supplied by renewable energy sources, up from 35 percent in 2010, according to the company. Apple is building a new 2.8-million-square-foot headquarters in Cupertino that will be powered solely by renewable energy when it’s completed in 2016.”

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17 Comments

  1. Hmmmmm, so now that Apple, MS, Google etc., have finally agreed that it cost way more to get/keep a library of books on digital devices…and have crumbled to the sad fact that digital security is an oxymoron…now what? Let’s offer a way to recycle all of this inept, insecure, money wasted technology. Me thinks that humans are waking up to this tech scam….

  2. I’m happy that they’re recycling Apple products for free. I also think that it’s great that they have managed to achieve such a high percentage of renewable energy use. One thing that concerns me is that they appear to be feeding the global warming hoax. Yes… I think it’s all a hoax. Renewable energy is great, and so is conservation, and recycling. I’m just not a believer in human caused climate change.

    1. I’ve used them as a convenient electronics recycling program for a while now. Junk PCs, monitors, graphics cards. Take them to Kinko’s and off they go. Good thing I always kept the original packaging, makes it simple. So good to unload the Dells, especially.

      1. So what? Just because all of those “scientists” have a different opinion, it does not mean that they’re right, and that I’m wrong. I make my decisions based upon sound logic. Since I’m not receiving taxpayer funded research grants, I can be a lot more objective. When we lose our desire to question what we’re told, we have lost our freedom. I really am sick of this “the science is settled” bullshit and the fascist liberals who persecute anyone who disagrees with the climate change dogma. Unless someone has trimmed some fat off of the Constitution, the last time I checked, there was still a 1st Amendment that guarantees my right of free speech.

        1. Fascist Liberals? huh? That, at best, is oxymoronic.
          You do have a right to free speech. You also have the right to make sound logical decisions with less than full information.
          As for objectivity, I am so pleased that my donation to the Liberal Party guarantees they will see things my way.

        2. Yes!!! You have the right of free speech. You also have the right to be ignorant of how science and mathematics works. Each has a community of insiders. Each community is a social network that evaluates what is accepted science and mathematics. If you are not inside the community, what you say will be ignored. No scientific theory can be proven. No complex mathematics theorem is ever formally proven. Theories and theorems are approved by the community.

          1. I beg to differ. Your observation about theories in science is valid; they are always contingent, and must undergo constant revision, and can be discredited or overthrown. Mathematics, on the other hand, embodies the essence and nature of proof. Formal mathematical systems are airtight, sealed with the adhesive of cold logic. It is true that some things can never be proved within an axiomatic system—Gödel proved that—but what can be proved is irrefutable.

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