Apple Computer, maker of the popular iPod music player, will offer a free computer recycling service to U.S. customers who purchase a computer via the Apple Store or an Apple retail store, according to the group’s recent release.
The program is an extension of its existing computer take-back program, which was started in 2001 and has recycled more than 90 percent by weight of the total equipment collected, according to the release. The company has been named the winner of the California Waste Reduction Award in every year since 1995.
Apple says all hazardous waste that comes from the recycling process stays within North America, and it doesn’t use any recovered plastics as fuel for smelting, as is commonplace.
Apple was recently named a “Forward Green Leader” by the Sierra Club and its investment adviser, Forward Management, according to the release, because the groups found it to be one of the top 10 environmentally progressive companies.
Apple’s recycling program for U.S. educational and business customers kept more than 60 tons of electronic waste from the nation’s landfills since August 2005, and its partnership with Cupertino, Calif., led to the recycling of more than 155 tons of electronic equipment, which was accepted free of charge, no matter the manufacturer, according to the release.
Apple also operates take-back programs in Canada, Europe, Japan and Taiwan.
The computer giant also announced that its fifth-generation iPods, iPod nanos and iPod shuffles are now 100 percent compliant with the future restrictions of hazardous substances in California and Europe, months ahead of the July 1 deadline set by the European Union.
In addition, power adapters for the company’s iPod devices meet all Energy Star efficiency requirements, and they already exceed the strict California appliance energy-efficiency regulations slated to take effect in July 2008, according to the release.
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