updated 04:20 pm EDT, Tue August 9, 2011
All computers and monitors recycled for free
Apple has made two important changes to its Reuse and Recycling program. To begin with, the company is now taking in iPhones and iPads for reuse, in exchange for gift cards worth the devices' "fair market value." The cards can be used at Apple's retail or online stores. Previously, only desktop or notebook computers qualified.
In any case electronics not suitable for reuse can be recycled. In terms of computers, Apple has expanded this policy to cover all computers and monitors for free. An earlier scheme was selective, only offering free recycling for old Mac hardware, or PC gear linked with the purchase of a new Mac. Otherwise a $30 shipping fee was attached.
Apple's recycling is contracted through a company called WeRecycle!. To hand the process by mail, a person can call 877-712-2405 to get a prepaid shipping label, which must be attached to a person's own box before mailing.