How to Recycle Your iPad After You Buy a New One

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Apple continues to launch new iPads. We are at nine generations at the time of this update! So what happens to all of those iPads already out in the wild?

Best-case scenario: Old iPads will make their way to new owners, or be recycled. Worst-case scenario: they'll end up in the garbage where they will pollute landfills for years.

Luckily, several options are available for those who wish to recycle or sell their old electronics.

1. Apple

Apple will recycle any old computer, including iPads, whether they work or not. If it's still in good working condition and can be refurbished and reused, you'll get an Apple gift card for the value of your computer. You don't even need to do much work. Just go to Apple's recycling website, enter in the details of your old device, and they'll send you a box and a prepaid shipping label. Just pack up your old iPad, ship it, wait a few weeks, and you'll get a gift card that you can use at any Apple retail store or their online store. Devices that are not eligible for a credit will be recycled by Apple for free.

2. Best Buy

If you're not willing to wait for shipping and you just want your old iPad or other computer out of the house, Best Buy will recycle it, often for free, or let you trade it in for a Best Buy gift card. Since Best Buy is an authorized Apple reseller, this might be a great way to get rid of your older-generation iPad and then walk out of the store with a new one.

3. eBay

The online auction site is often a great place to buy and sell used electronics. Prior to selling any device, be sure to wipe the product clean of all personal data.

4. Craigslist

Maybe you just want to sell your old iPad locally and not worry about dealing with companies or waiting for payment. What better place than your friendly neighborhood online flea market?

5. Earth 911

If you've been tough on your old iPad and it doesn't work anymore, you can find all of your local recycling options at The site will help you make sure it gets recycled in a responsible manner that does not generate any harmful e-waste.