Apple says iPods eco-friendly, expands Mac recycling program

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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