Apple extended its recycling program on Friday offering consumers a way to dispose of their old systems for free. Beginning in June, Apple will offer all US customers who buy a computer through the online Apple Store or an Apple retail location free shipping and environmentally friendly disposal of their old computer.
“Apple is committed to supporting our customers and protecting the environment throughout the entire product life cycle, from purchase through to retirement,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Now we are making it even easier for Apple’s customers to safely and affordably recycle their used computers and iPods.”
Equipment received by the program in the US is recycled domestically and no hazardous material is shipped overseas, the company said. Apple also operates a free drop-off recycling location at its headquarters in Cupertino for used computer systems and selected home electronics.
Apple said the fifth generation iPod, iPod nano and iPod shuffle are 100 percent compliant with the upcoming restrictions of hazardous substances (RoHS) in California and Europe.
Earlier this week, Apple was named a “Forward Green Leader,” one of the top ten environmentally progressive companies recognized by the Sierra Club and its investment advisor, Forward Management, the company said in a statement.