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We Get Questions About Mac Recycle Clinic


RecycleMac has been getting some positive feedback so thanks to all of our readers out there. This is really a long-term project that tries to build a quality voice in a room filled with many folks who are passionate about the environment and recycling. We’ll keep working at it with your help!

So here are the questions:

  • What’s different about recycling Macs than other computers?
    A Mac is a PC – that is, it is a personal computer or a personal appliance or a personal electronic gadget. So essentially you would recycle it the same way you might any other computer. All the folks we’ve talked about – from Apple to Dell – will take your computer and many times other electronic equipment and recycle them. 

     

    Unfortunately, Apple has taken some heat in past years because its computers were not made of materials that were easy to recycle or were toxic. To its credit, Apple has made some major changes and is much greener these days. I won’t go into depth here but you can read all about it on their website. If you’re interested, you can also see what Greenpeace says these days – it has an entire website devoted to the issue.

    Please know that the Macs that are donated to us are thoroughly checked and cleaned. Hard drives are securely wiped of all data and an appropriate version of the Mac OS is installed. If the machine can not be made to work (and we get some that just don’t want to work no matter what we do) we will take out any reusable parts – hard drives, memory, batteries, sometimes the power supplies and optical drives – and send the hulk to Montgomery County’s Processing Facility and Transfer Station in Derwood (Gaithersburg), Maryland – which is the closest county recycling center to us. Here’s a map:

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The Quick Link: Macintosh Recycling Resources

February 25, 2011 Comments off


There are some wonderful resources out there for you to recycle your Mac (or PC) no matter what part of the country you live in. Over time, RecycleMac will do short blogs for you about these resources – and we’d love to get your comments and suggestions too. Remember that if you’re in the Washington, DC area, MacRecycleClinic will take your PowerMac G4, G5 and Intel machines for refurbishing back into the community (or for parts if it can’t be repaired). Project Reboot in Rockville, Maryland is a great place to recycle PCs. But if you want more choices let’s start with:

APPLE

Apple’s recycling page is right off their home page. Apple actually doesn’t care if you have a Mac or a PC (or monitor) – they’ll help you recycle them all: “Send us your old computer — Mac or PC. If it has monetary value, we’ll apply that toward an Apple Gift Card. If it doesn’t have monetary value, we’ll recycle it responsibly for you.” They’ll also take your older iPods and any cell phone: “Send us your old iPod or any mobile phone by mail, free. Or bring your old iPod to an Apple Retail Store for 10 percent off a new one.”

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