As a true geek, I typically purchase a new desktop and laptop every two years. Alternating years; I am an unpaid blogger afterall.
My system for getting rid of the old computer has always been giving it to someone in the family who needs it or storing it in my basement. But now that I am 1,600 miles away from most of my family and live in Texas, where houses are not typically built with basements, I have no system. My old Dell tower is currently just sitting next to my new HP tower.
Leave it to those geniuses at Apple to come up with a solution. Their recycling program has recently been expanded to accept old PC’s and mobile phones, as well as Macs, iPhones, and iPods for free (they used to charge PC owners $30 unless you purchased a new Mac).
Now your old device will either be given to PowerON, a company who specialized in the refurbishing and reselling of old Apple products, or it will be sent to WeRecycle, a recycling company. If Apple determines that your item is actually worth something, you’ll receive an Apple gift card to be spent in their retail or online store.
Or if you have an old iPod, Apple will happily take it, recycle it and give you 10% off a new one.
Recycling your old computers, even monitors, is also easy. Just call the phone number on Apple’s website and they will send you a prepaid shipping label to ship your item. Absolutely no cost to you and you can feel good knowing you properly disposed of your electronic devices.