Apple begins e-waste buyback program
Much like selling a car, the value of these outdated devices will be based on their condition, such as battery life and potential water damage. Consumers can mail their device to the company in a pre-paid shipping box and will receive a gift card in exchange that can be used at any U.S. Apple store or on the company's website. A first-generation iPad in good condition is worth $165, so this could be a great option for anyone having a hard time selling their devices and would still like to get a return on their investments. While some may see this as a ploy for Apple to increase its market share, the company's willingness to recycle products it doesn't make shows that it is committed to the cause of sustainability.
A wide range of products can be recycled through Apple's program, and even if the device doesn't have any monetary value, it will be recycled for free. A great deal of these products can be reused to make new music players, tablets and computers, so it's a no-brainer for Apple to get in on the recycling trend. As one of the world's most popular companies, it will play an enormous role in giving consumers a useful outlet to reduce their electronic waste.