How to Dispose of Broken iPads?

Every family has a drawer or a box that’s chock full of old and broken electronics. If you are a fan of Apple products then it’s likely you have an iPad lying about in there beneath all the tangled cables. iPads are a marvelous thing, aren’t they? Not exactly a Macbook, not exactly an iPhone, it exists in the sweet liminal space between the two. 

Now, if you do have a broken iPad at home, this article is for you. In this article, I will explain why it’s better for you to properly dispose of it as soon as possible, how to properly dispose of it, and why it’s important to dispose of it properly. 

How to Dispose of Broken iPads?

When it comes to disposing of an old, broken iPad, you have to recycle it. There are several ways you can recycle your device and I will go over all of them below. 

When it comes to electronic waste you should get rid of them as soon as possible, there is a small chance that the batteries may explode as they sit around in your house for too long. Especially if there is too much moisture in the air. 

Apple’s trade-in program: 

Apple as a company is making a push for a carbon-neutral future by 2030. As a part of their sustainability goals, they started a trade-in program for Apple and their third-party devices. 

iPads are accepted under this program, now the question is, does your iPad still work despite it being broken? If so, you may get a small amount of money via a gift card. But it is more likely that you can simply hand over your device for free recycling. 

If you don’t have an Apple store around you, you can contact them online. They will send you a delivery box and you can send your device to them free of charge. The online process takes about 2-3 weeks whereas if you go to the store it’s instantaneous. You can find out more about their Trade-in program here. You can find Apple’s website link for your country here

Recycling your iPad via other means: 

If your device is dead or reached its end of use, then the best option is to recycle it. Some programs accept devices from all over the United States like Earth11. All you have to do is go to their site, type in your zip code, and see what recycling options you have in your area. 

There are programs like Earth11 in other countries as well. In many big cities in Europe and India, there are reverse vending machines that accept electronic devices like iPads. There are many local electronic waste recycling centers as well, and you can check out what your options are around your area. 

Keep in mind that you can hand over your device to the Apple store for free and they will recycle it for you. Recycling is an option you should choose if you are sure that the device is dead or obsolete. 

Why it is important to recycle iPads: 

iPads are considered electronic waste, these devices have many precious metals in them which can be harvested. And when we throw these into the trash we waste these non-renewable resources. Moreover, iPads contain toxic chemicals that leach into the ground in the landfills and pollute the nearby areas and water sources. 

Lastly, electronic waste is the largest source of solid waste in the world at the moment. Each year millions of tons of electronic waste are dumped into landfills. This is particularly concerning since we are running out of the materials we need to build new devices. For all the Earth’s inhabitants to have access to iPads and other personal devices, we need to recycle the materials from older products. 

Conclusion: 

If you do have a broken iPad at home, this article is for you. In this article, I will explain why it’s better for you to properly dispose of it as soon as possible, how to properly dispose of it, and why it’s important to dispose of it properly. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): How to Dispose of Old iPads

How do I dispose of broken iPads? 

You can take it to the Apple store for their Trade-in program or you can call a local recycler to hand it over. 

Can I exchange a broken iPad in the Apple store? 

Yes, you can hand it over for free recycling as it will be unlikely they will give you a gift card for a broken product.

Can I throw my iPad in the trash? 

No, iPads are considered e-waste. They contain precious metals which can be recycled and metals and chemicals that are toxic if they are not disposed of properly. 

How do I dispose of my dead iPad? 

The best option is to take it to an Apple Store for their free recycling service or contact a local e-waste recycling company. 

Are dead iPads valuable as scraps? 

Yes, they are valuable. However, you shouldn’t sell your old iPad to a scrap yard. These devices are very sophisticated and there are sophisticated ways to recycle them. Thus you should contact Apple or a legitimate e-waste recycling company for your iPad. 

Can I recycle my iPad? 

Yes, there are many avenues you can take to recycle your iPad. You can take your iPad to an Apple Store or contact Apple online to send your iPad to them. You can also contact Call2Recycle which has pickup services for old phones and rechargeable batteries all over the United States. 


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