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Apple US Expands Recycling Efforts

Posted on 22-Apr-2006 10:23 by H Willan | Filed under: News


Apple US announced an expansion of its existing recycling program. Beginning in June 2006 any consumer purchasing a new Apple Macintosh through the Apple Store or Apple retail stores is offered free shipping and environmental disposal of their old computer.

This is part of Apple's domestic recycling program in the US which ships no hazardous materials overseas and has been in operation since 2001. This program is used for computer systems and selected home electronics with 90 percent of those collected being recycled.

This new offer acheived recognition from Sierra Club, one of the top ten environmental progressive companies in the US, which recognised Apple's efforts by naming them a "Forward Green Leader".

Apple also announced that the fifth generation iPod, iPod nano and iPod shuffle are 100 percent compliant with the upcoming restrictions of hazardous substances (RoHS) in California and Europe, which are recognized as the new global standard for environmental regulation.

iPod's RoHS compliance comes months ahead of the 1 July deadline set by the European Union, and most of the materials covered by the RoHS directive, including mercury, cadmium, chromium VI and brominated flame retardants, were voluntarily eliminated from all Apple products years ago.

In addition, iPod power adapters now exceed Energy Star efficiency requirements and already meet California's stricter appliance efficiency regulations, which are scheduled to take effect 1 July 2008.