Apple unveils recycling scheme for old products

Apple has unveiled a new "Reuse and Recycling" program that lets users with old iPads, iPhones, iPods and Macbooks and Macs to get some money for sending it in, similar to the many mobile recycling companies that have cropped up in the past few years.

The service isn't actually being run by Apple, though the fruity firm has put its face on it. It is instead being handled by German recycling company Dataserv. People with old Apple hardware can post it for free to the firm and as long as it works well enough. For your troubles, you get a small bit of cash. A basic iPhone 8GB in full working condition pays out just £7.00.

For phones at least, there are probably better recycling companies out there - or at least ones that pay out a bit more - but the fact you can recycle old Mac books and Mac desktops should provide an outlet for the long term Apple fans.

If you're looking to send in some non-Apple hardware, that's doable too, but the payouts do appear to be reduced. The highest end Intel desktop that you can send in - according to the drop down - is a "Core 2 Duo" processor, but even for that, you're only looking at £45 or so. That's with "over 1GB" of memory too. I know, what a monster.