Mac lovers are sometimes hesitant to part with their old hardware, but if you find yourself wanting (or needing) to do so, I hope the following guest post is helpful to you:
Apple keeps churning out wonderful new products, and you may be the type to buy the latest gadget as soon as it comes out. I know I am. After a few years of buying new Apple products hot off the shelves, I had collected a pretty impressive array of Mac gadgets that just sat in my closet or garage collecting dust. Some broken electronics I actually threw away. Only recently did I realize the importance of recycling your old computer and other electronics. Here are a few tips:
1. If it still works, consider giving it away or selling it.
If you’ve simply stashed away your computer, iPod, or iPhone because you now have a new, faster, and better toy to play with, then don’t let your old friend just sit there. Donating old electronics is a great way to put them to use without trashing them. There are several places that accept old electronics, like Goodwill. EcoSquid is a great website that enables you to enter information about your gadget and find offers for cash or local places where you can give it away.
2. Be sure to erase any stored information before disposing of it.
Every electronic we own stores information that we may not want others to access, so it’s very important that you erase all your data before donating or recycling, just in case. Identity theft is a very real problem that can cause all sorts of hassles. And remember — it’s not enough simply to delete old files. You’ll have to wipe out your entire hard drive, too. For more information, check out this article from Dumb Little Man.
3. Check out Apple’s recycling program.
Apple has a wonderful recycling program that simplifies the recycling process of your old Apple electronics. First, navigate to the Apple Recycling Program web page, where you’ll enter information about your Apple product. You’ll get an initial quote, which will let you know if your product has any monetary value. Then, you’ll ship your product, where a third party, PowerOn, will examine your product and confirm the original quote. Afterwards, if your product does have value, you’ll receive an Apple gift card for that value. Your old computer, phone, or MP3 player will be sold as "used." If it has no value, Apple will recycle it free of charge.
eWaste is a very serious problem, polluting landfills and causing all sorts of environmental damage, particularly in the Third World, were many of our trashed electronics invariably end up. If we are to justify our need for newer and better electronic products, we must responsibly dispose of our old ones. Do the right thing, and figure out what you’ll do with your old Mac products before purchasing new ones.