Today marked the end of an era.
I tried very hard to prevent it from happening, but sometimes we must let go of electronics that are 10 years old and no longer work.
And by “let go,” I mean recycle.
My Apple iPod Classic was purchased circa 2007-2008 with the money from my first job in high school. Together, we listened to favorite songs on repeat, and passed countless hours in the car, walking to class, and eventually walking to work.
The battery started failing a few years ago, but since I no longer walk to work, it was not getting as much use anyway.
Eventually, it stopped holding a charge.
Then it would not turn on.
I brought it to the Apple Store a few months ago to see if there was anything they could do. Apparently, my iPod is so old that Apple classifies it as “obsolete.” There was not even an option on how to restore my decrepit device. After some messing around, the employee did get it miraculously to turn back on.
Unfortunately, it was a last ditch effort that only worked for a few days.
Months later, I finally got around to bringing my iPod back to the Apple Store to recycle it. It was a super easy process, where I just filled out a quick form, and I was on my way.
Speaking of recycling electronics, I also recently brought a broken Fitbit back to Best Buy, which was also easy peasy.
Now I want to know how and where do you recycle your old electronics?
More information on Apple’s Recycling Program.
More information on Best Buy’s Recycling Program.