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Apple says iPods eco-friendly, expands Mac recycling program

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By LC Angell

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Published: Friday, April 21, 2006
News Categories: iPod

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Along with an expansion of its computer recycling program, Apple announced today that the fifth-generation iPod, iPod nano and iPod shuffle are 100% compliant with the upcoming restrictions of hazardous substances (RoHS) in California and Europe. “iPod’s RoHS compliance comes months ahead of the July 1 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,” the company said. “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 July 1, 2008.”

Apple also today announced an expansion of its U.S. recycling program, offering free computer take-back and recycling with the purchase of a new Macintosh system beginning in June. The company said that customers who buy a new Mac through the online Apple Store or Apple retail stores will receive free shipping and environmentally friendly disposal of their old computer.

“Apple is committed to supporting our customers and protecting the environment throughout the entire product life cycle, from purchase through to retirement,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Now we are making it even easier for Apple’s customers to safely and affordably recycle their used computers and iPods.”

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Comments

1

ipods still produce noise pollution

Posted by the truth on April 21, 2006 at 7:40 AM (PDT)

2

HEY APPLE HONESTLY GIVE US A TRADE-IN VALUE ON THE OLD COMPUTERS…LET’S WORK A DEAL HUH.  COME ON REALLY WHO WANTS TO GET RID OF A COMPUTER THAT THEY PAID QUITE A BIT OF MONEY FOR FREE WHEN THEY COULD SELL IT TO THE GEEK DOWN THE STREET WHO COULD FIX IT UP/MOD IT OUT OR DO WHAT EVER THEY WANT WITH IT…..TRADE-IN VALUE….DON’T GET ME WRONG ECO-FRIENDLY IS GOOD…BUT WE WANT SOME MONEY BACK/MONEY OFF OUR NEXT APPLE PRODUCT.

Posted by 5t1ck on April 21, 2006 at 8:04 AM (PDT)

3

Um, if the geek down the street wants to buy it, let him.  No one is stopping you.  In fact, I bet Apple would prefer that to you recycling since it won’t cost them a penny.

Posted by BrettB on April 21, 2006 at 9:40 AM (PDT)

4

no lead in the solder? let the tin whiskering begin!

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on April 21, 2006 at 9:51 AM (PDT)

5

nah..the tin is mixed with copper and/or silver and other stuff (or plated) to reduce the tin whisker…i work with RoHS stuff, its impacting the electronics industry very hard its not even funny

Posted by name on April 21, 2006 at 10:17 AM (PDT)

6

Soooo does this mean I can throw a 5G out a car window and it will bio-disintergrate? =)

Posted by JeremytheIndian on April 21, 2006 at 11:07 PM (PDT)

7

I just KNEW there was a legit reason why my 5G and nano DIDN’T come with a haz-mat suit.

Posted by flatline response on April 22, 2006 at 12:35 AM (PDT)

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