Apple recyclingApple quietly rolled out enhancements to its reuse and recycling programs this week. The additions? iPhones and iPads will now be accepted for Apple Gift Card trade-ins and Apple will now accept any computer or display for free recycling, regardless of manufacturer. Apple has a longtime partnership with PowerOn to allow customers to trade in an old computer — desktop or laptop, Mac or PC — and receive an Apple Gift Card that is good for the “fair market value” of the item to be used in-store or online. The trade-in program has now been expanded to include iPads and iPhones. Apple has another ongoing partnership with WeRecycle to recycle computers that no longer have any trade-in value. The company previously offered free recycling of all old Macs and PCs for customers who were purchasing Macs. Old non-Apple computers and displays recycled without the purchase of a new Mac were charged a $30 fee to cover shipping. Now anyone can recycle any computer for free. To participate in Apple’s free computer recycling, call 877-712-2405 to receive a free, prepaid shipping label, pack it up in your own box and send it off. Apple will continue to offer its iPod and mobile phone recycling program as well, which offers users 10 percent off the purchase of a new iPod when they trade in an old one at an Apple retail store. Old iPods or mobile phones from any manufacturer can also be recycled by mail for free. Source: By Paige Maxwell