Apple has launched a Reuse and Recycling Programme that offers the possibility of money back for old iPhones, iPads, Macs, and even for old PCs.
Although this is a new service for the the UK, France and Germany, it’s an extension of a recycling program already operating in the United States, which has offered Apple Gift Cards for old equipment.
If the program decides an old product qualifies for reuse, and has a monetary value, money will be credited directly into the owner’s bank account.
The service will be operated for Apple by Dataserv GmBH, so estimating the “fair market value” of each device will be up to them. They send out a pre-paid shipping label, and the device owner packs it and sends it in for verification. Once verified, the money will then be transferred.
Any program like this that encourages more old electronic devices to be recycled, and not to end up as e-waste so soon, has got to be a step in the right direction, don’t you think?