Not all recycling programs are created equal. The secure and environmentally responsible process that Apple uses results in a high recovery rate of commodities. So you can rest assured that your old electronics will not be shipped overseas.
Give old electronics a new lease on life.
This spring, Apple will recycle your school’s old, unwanted Mac computers, PCs, and qualifying peripherals from any manufacturer — for free. There’s no purchase required, and all accredited K–12 and higher education institutions with at least 25 recyclable items* are eligible to participate. Just register, follow the steps, and we’ll do the rest.
We accept all brands of the following equipment: computers, monitors, laptops, printers, fax machines, scanners, desktop-size copy machines, CD drives, hard drives, TVs, VCRs, projectors, overhead projectors, networking equipment, cables, keyboards, and mice.
This offer expires October 28, 2011, so register now — it’s easier than ever to manage your e-waste.
To register for the program:
- Fill out the online form. A representative from an Apple-authorized freight company will contact you within three business days to coordinate the pickup.
- Call 1-800-APPLE-LN (1-800-277-5356) to speak with a representative.
Leveraging the Apple Recycling Program for Education ensures that your retired equipment will be disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner, with special consideration given to data security:
- All recycled hard drives are ground into confetti-size pieces.
- Customers receive a certificate of destruction for each lot recycled through the program.
- All asset tags and other identifying information are destroyed.
- All of the electronic waste collected through the program is processed in North America.
How to shrink-wrap old equipment:
- Put the first layer of equipment on the pallet and go around the pallet four times with the shrink-wrap. Make sure that you include the wooden pallet when you wrap the first layer, always pulling the shrink-wrap tight. Tie it off to the pallet.
- Put a layer of cardboard down before loading the second layer of equipment. If you are loading monitors or all-in-one computers, this will help keep the equipment steady when you load the next layer.
- After you load the second layer of equipment, wrap the shrink-wrap tightly around the first and second layers four times, and tie it to the pallet.
- Do this for each layer because it keeps the load from shifting during transit. Go no more than four layers high. The pallets get too heavy if you stack them any higher. You can have more layers for computers, but you shouldn’t exceed 66 inches.
- Please put smaller equipment such as keyboards, mice, and external drives into boxes before loading them onto the pallets. Label each pallet with the name of your school or institution.
Where to get pallets:
You may be able to pick up pallets for free at one of your local stores that receive deliveries.
Where to buy shrink-wrap:
Below are links to some companies that sell shrink-wrap. We recommend shrink-wrap of at least 80 gauge.