I’ve heard rumblings about the paucity of places where you can recycled electronics and computer components, but thus far, I haven’t had to deal with any myself, so honestly, I’ve been a bit ignorant about the totally retarded state of they system. The other day I finally bought a new battery for my iBook (my 35-minute battery life made my laptop virtually useless when I travelled unless I had something to plug it into) and tonight I went online to Apple’s support site to find out where to send my old battery.
Yes, I was stupid enough to believe they had a take-back program of some sort SINCE THEY MADE THE BATTERY IN THE FIRST PLACE. But no. Their advice was: “As with all batteries, proper disposal is essential. Check with your local waste or recycling company to determine the disposal method for your area. Putting any battery directly in the trash harms the environment.” No kidding! I know the batteries are toxic. That’s why I’m trying to send it back to you, so you can recycle it properly. LAME, LAME, LAME!
Seriously! How many of these things end up in the trash if that is all Apple is going to do? I am just extremely disappointed because I know how popular Apple’s products are and their service in other areas has always been excellent. I thought Apple was pretty cool, but I don’t think so anymore. I’m going to call them up and write them an email and just generally give them a hard time about it. Maybe next time I’ll buy a Dell (according to Greenpeace’s electronics ratings system, updated just this month and pictured below, they have the best environmental rep.)