Apple starts 'Take-Back' computer recycling program

Apple on Wednesday announced the launch of its free computer “Take-Back” program, which it offers to buyers of new Macs at stores in the 48 contiguous United States. Under the terms of the program, Apple will recycle unwanted computers regardless of manufacturer.

When customers buy a new Mac at Apple’s retail stores or online store, they can opt to participate in the program. Apple sends them an e-mail with instructions and a label for free shipping and recycling.

Customers package up their old gear and attach the label provided, shipping it on its way. Apple then recycles the equipment. Apple noted that it recycles the equipment domestically, and does not ship hazardous materials overseas.

Apple will post further details to its Apple and the Environment Web page.

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