According to our stats, 17.5% of TreeHugger readers are using Macs (0.05% on iPhones!). They might be happy to learn, as we are, that Apple has improved its recycling program. You can now send your old iPods and cell phones (of any brand or model, not just iPhones) for free recycling.
Apple writes: "All the e-waste we collect in North America is processed there and nothing is shipped overseas for disposal. Apple meets the requirements of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundry Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal. In addition to annual compliance audits of our recycling vendors, we review the performance of their downstream vendors. Recyclers must comply with all applicable health and safety laws, and we do not allow the use of prison labor at any stage of the recycling process. Apple does not allow the disposal of hazardous electronic waste in solid waste landfills or incinerators, including waste-to-energy incinerators."To recycle your iPod or cell phone, go to this page on Apple's site and follow the 3 steps. You don't even have to pay for shipping. You can also bring your old cell phone or iPod to any Apple retail store for free recycling. The iPod will give you 10% off on a new one.
You can also recycle your old computer and monitor, but it is only free when you purchase an Apple computer. The page with instructions for that can be found here on Apple's site.
Batteries from any Apple products can also be recycled for free at any Apple store. For more information about battery recycling, see Call2Recycle.
Keep going, Apple. A few steps in the right direction is not enough. Most of your customers are looking up to you for innovation and cutting edge design. Show us what the green(er) computers of tomorrow will be like.
See also: ::Apple Now Recycle Any Brand of Computer, ::An Even Greener Apple: Innovate!, ::Greenpeace Calls For A Greener Apple, ::Apple Helps Schools Recycle Old Computers, ::Green Electronics Guide From Greenpeace