Apple makes greats computers, but the iLife isn’t quite as harmonious as it might seem. The company lags behind in its recycling program for older computers, and in the elimination of toxic components in new computers.
Apple will not recycle its older computers for free, they will only do so if you are buying a new Apple. Even Dell recently announced that, starting in the fall, they will take back all Dell products from individuals worldwide, even if you are not buying a new Dell product.
Another important step for Apple would be to facilitate recycling at any of its Apple Stores, instead requiring customers to mail in their computers. As for Apple’s newer products, they are mostly free of heavy metals, but their components still contain PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), TBBA (tetrabromobisphenol A) and PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride). See Apple’s own statement on materials for details. See also these articles Social Funds and Computer TakeBack Campaign.