When Spring Cleaning, Don’t Forget Old Devices

Matt Hannegan


I was visiting a large school in Southern California recently to discuss their upcoming Apple refresh. The IT director pointed out a few hundred devices in their tech closet that were destined for the recycling center. These devices were a combination of decommissioned iMacs, MacBooks, iPads and iPod Touches. Some were old, broken or wouldn’t turn on.


Since Second Life Mac purchases equipment at the end of a lease, I was curious what was in the closet. After taking a quick look, it was clear that there were devices with some value, so I suggested that the director allow me to take the devices and look through them carefully. While some of the devices indeed needed to be recycled, many still had some residual value.


This scenario plays out throughout the country. IT directors are busy, and it’s easy to throw old or broken devices into a bin or closet to deal with later. That’s why I’m so thrilled that in observance of Earth Day on April 22 Second Life Mac will take back these devices during the month of April and keep them out of landfills. Devices with no value will be fully recycled, with zero waste.


If devices are found to have value, we will refurbish them, and data will be securely erased to Department of Defense standards before they are resold via wholesale and retail channels. Schools will be compensated for these devices.


In the case of the California school, we wrote them a check that was enough to cover the purchase a number of new iPads. Not a bad return for devices the school thought were worthless.


If you have a closet or bin of outdated, obsolete or unused Apple devices, April is a great time to do some spring cleaning and take advantage of this one-time offer to dispose of your old devices responsibly. This is our way of commemorating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by doing our part to keep devices out of landfills.


Of course, if you have a refresh coming up, we’d also like to discuss how Second Life Mac can help you tap into the residual value of your fleet of Apple devices.