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Apple GiveBack: get cash for recycling your old devices

To promote Earth Day (20th April) Apple has announced a new trade-in program encouraging users to return their old devices for recycling in exchange for a credit that can be spent on new devices at the Apple Store.

You can get up to $315/£255 for a phone, $1000/£735 for a computer, $285/£365 for a tablet, and $175/£145 for a smartwatch. These products can be from any brand, so old Android devices are eligible too – though Apple stuff is generally worth a lot more. If you have an old device that isn’t eligible for credit, Apple will still take it off your hands and recycle it responsibly for free.

Press here to visit Apple’s GiveBack program website and see how much your old devices could be worth. Apple will be making a donation to Conservation International for every device it receives before the end of the month.

This is all part of Apple’s ongoing environmental effort, and today the company also unveiled a new recycling robot called Daisy, designed to disassemble iPhones to access valuable materials that conventional recyclers would ignore. She follows in the footsteps of LIAM, a similar recycling robot Apple has been using for the last couple of years.

Daisy in action

“At Apple, we’re constantly working toward smart solutions to address climate change and conserve our planet’s precious resources,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “In recognition of Earth Day, we are making it as simple as possible for our customers to recycle devices and do something good for the planet through Apple GiveBack. We’re also thrilled to introduce Daisy to the world, as she represents what’s possible when innovation and conservation meet.”

If you were thinking of trading in an old device to get some credit towards a new one, now’s the time to do it.