An anonymous warehouse worker in Sydney (Australia) claims to have been called on to destroy around $ 200,000 worth of Apple products, including iMacs, MacBooks (+ Pro), Macs Pro, Xserves, mice and even a copy of Final Cut Studio . Apparently, the equipment could not be repaired in its present state, but the employees were surprised to find that a good part of it still worked.
Many of them didn't even need to be there: the screens on some Macs still functioned normally and the MacBook batteries were in good condition. Printed emails included in some of them indicated an agreement between Apple and some service centers where the customer was requesting an exchange instead of a repair.
The warehouse worker said he received information from another employee at the site, claiming that the machines were replaced as it was not worth it to take them in for repairs in China. The request to destroy them would have come from an Apple commercial representative, which was denied by Apple Austrian commercial director Rob Small.
?Apple does not destroy anything in full working order. We only destroy what does not pay to be repaired, or what is not able to return to the hands of a customer under any circumstances ?. In short, Small denies that the equipment has been destroyed for any particular purpose. ?Everything we recycle is done responsibly, through certified companies. Nothing goes to landfill and no second-hand products donated or thrown away, ?he said.
In a letter on environmental advances made by Apple regarding sustainability, Jobs said the volume of material recycled by Apple grew 57% during 2007, reaching 10,500 tons. According to him, this number continues to grow and, in 95% of the countries where Apple products are sold, the company offers return options. In view of the methods used by the Australian warehouse in the destruction of Macs, or the location does not have the materials and infrastructure to carry out the procedure in the correct way, or Maest's recycling policy is totally ignored.