Recycling older Mac computers is one way to help guarantee they do not end up in landfills. Older models have many useful parts and components which are able to be salvaged and used for other devices. In addition, other materials, like plastic and wiring, are able to be reused by melting them back down into raw materials to make new products. There are various methods I can use to ensure my Mac is properly recycled.
One option is to find a local recycling center. However, I do not earn any money by dropping it off at this location. Instead, I donate any remaining value left in the computer. I might also try to find a local retail store that offers a small amount of cash to buy my Mac as a way for thanking me for my recycling efforts. But, the amount paid is not much, even if the computer still works and is in good condition.
A third option I can use is TurnTronics. This free online buy back service pays top dollar for any of my used or unwanted Android and i-Products, including my Mac. They even buy nonworking and broken devices. For example, if I have a 13 inch MacBook Pro 2011 model in good condition with a 2.4 GHz dual-core i5 processor, 16 GB memory and a 320 GB hard drive, with a decent battery, working DVD or CD drive, charger and original box, the current price offered is almost $500. This is just one example, and prices vary based upon demand, condition, and age of the device. Regardless of the condition or age of the device, they will ensure the product is recycled or made available to other organizations that have a need for working older models, such as schools, nonprofit charities, and libraries.