eWaste Policies

What Are the Major Manufacturer's Policies for Recycling?


Computer and electronics manufacturers have made significant progress in implementing programs for reclaiming and recycling the products they make. However, there is no industry-wide program or legislated standards in place, which has led to some confusion among consumers and businesses.


What are the major manufacturer's policies on recycling? CIOZone conducted a survey of the largest computer and electronics makers and compiled the following results.



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Apple

eWaste Policy: Will take back everything for free from Apple computers to speakers, scanners and hard drives. To take advantage of this trade-in policy, you need to buy a new Apple computer, an "Apple certified refurbished" computer or monitor directly from Apple. Customers must select recycling option at the time of purchase.


Handling: You must pack and send equipment to Apple. Be sure to include email Apple sends you at time of purchase detailing packing and mailing instructions. Free shipping only valid within 30 days after you receive email.


For further info: store.apple.com/us/browse/recycling?mco=MTE3NzU –


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Dell

eWaste Policy: Will take back any computer or electronic product with its name on it.


Handling: After filling out a form online and printing off a packing label, Dell allows you to send products for recycling for free. It has also formed a partnership with office supplies retailer Staples, allowing you to drop products off at a Staples outlet.


For further info: Dell Recycle


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Gateway

eWaste Policy: Gateway works through Dealtree for recycling and trade-in efforts.


Handling: Use Gateways Trade-in Estimator to receive an estimate, then pack and ship items to Gateways trade-in warehouse. After receipt and verification, Dealtree will issue you a check per terms outlined in trade-in agreement if your equipment retains any value.


For further info: http://gateway.eztradein.com/gateway/


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HP

eWaste Policy: HP doesn't offer free takeback, but it offsets the price of a new purchase of new equipment by providing credits for customers.


Handling: You can order recycling services online, filling out a checklist of whatever you're sending back. Once you get a quote from HP (an estimate of what your gear is worth), you can purchase an HP or Compaq branded product, then pack and send used equipment back to HP using pre-paid shipping label. Next fax proof of your purchase to HP and get a redemption check.


For further info: www.hp.com/recycle


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Lenovo

eWaste Policy: Lenovo is the Chinese PC vendor that acquired IBM's PC division including its ThinkPad unit in 2005. Offers free recycling of Lenovo and some IBM products to consumers and businesses based in the US through its so called ECO-Takeback program. Eco will refurbish and reuse products whenever possible and may offer you money back on your retired equipment.


Handling: Will pick-up, package and securely transport assets from client location.


For further info: http://www.lenovo.com/services_warranty/us/en/asset_recovery.html


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Panasonic

eWaste Policy: Panasonic, Sharp and Toshiba "went green" at the beginning of this year with the joint creation of Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Co. (MRM), to head up the recycling efforts. Starting in the first week of January, 2009 almost 300 recycling sites were opened across the country.


Handling: Customers need to locate nearest MRM drop-off locations for equipment disposal.


For further info: http://www.mrmrecycling.com/


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Sharp

eWaste Policy: Sharp, Panasonic and Toshiba "went green" at the beginning of this year with the joint creation of Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Co. (MRM), to head up the recycling efforts. Starting in the first week of January, 2009 almost 300 recycling sites were opened across the country.


Handling: Customers need to locate nearest MRM drop-off locations for equipment disposal.


For further info: http://www.mrmrecycling.com/


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Sony

eWaste Policy: Like Dell, Sony takes back any product bearing its name for free. In conjunction with Waste Management it provides drop-off sites in 50 states.


Handling: Customers need to locate drop-off locations for equipment disposal. For information on the nearest so Waste Management eCycling drop off location call 877-439-2795.


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Toshiba

eWaste Policy: Toshiba, Panasonic and Sharp "went green" at the beginning of this year with the joint creation of Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Co. (MRM), to head up the recycling efforts. Starting in the first week of January, 2009 almost 300 recycling sites were opened across the country.


Handling: Customers need to locate nearest MRM drop-off locations for equipment disposal.


For further info: http://www.mrmrecycling.com/


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