Apple and Microsoft have been at each other's throats in the computer realm for years now, culminating in those super annoying "I'm a Mac" commercials. Now comes word of Apple's newest ploy; the company will recycle your PC for free. Heck, it'll even pay for the shipping and packaging and give you an Apple gift card if the computer's still worth anything. Are they being generous and environmentally conscious, or do Steve Jobs and Justin Long plan on high-fiving and laughing maniacally while bulldozing giant stacks of Dells?
We're not sure, but one thing is for certain; it's a pretty cool offer. Trying to sell an old PC on Craigslist can be a pain in the butt, and you often have to pay to dump a computer in many locations. Apple paired with computer reseller and refurbisher PowerON for the recycling campaign,
Extreme Tech reports
, and the duo will accept more than just PCs. Macs, iPhones, iPads and monitors are all accepted with open arms.
Simply visit the
Apple Recycling Program website
and plug in some details (like case size and processor speed) about the hardware you're looking to send in. If it's an old, rusty bucket o' crap, you won't get anything in return, but Apple will still recycle the system
(and even send you a prepaid box to ship it in). Even better yet, if your computer still has some value in it, you'll be compensated in the form of an Apple gift card. No, it's not cash, and Apple won't give you as much as you could get on the open market, but it's nice to get something for some hardware you don't want anymore.
You can also recycle iPods and other mobile phones, but it's out of the goodness of your heart – you won't receive a gift card for those items.
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