updated 07:35 am EST, Tue January 11, 2005
Apple\'s e-waste policy
Nearly two dozen "raucous" demonstrators in mock hazardous-material safety suits held a noon-hour vigil Monday outside Apple's main Cupertino headquarters, protesting . Claiming that Apple's policies are lagging behind PC industry rivals, such as Hewlett-Packard and Dell, "they hoisted placards criticizing Apple, including one reading 'iPod = iWaste.' A banner depicted an arm tossing an iPod into the trash. Organizers said they planned a larger rally today at San Francisco's Moscone Center," according to the Mercury News. The article notes that Apple now offers its customers a fee-based computer take-back program and that last week it joined eBay's "Rethink Initiative," which promotes e-waste recycling and provides consumers with information on how to dispose of junk electronic goods.