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iPod recycling for the US but not the UK

Their white headphones are ubiquitous on busses and trains across the country and last year worldwide sales of the portable music player topped the 10 million mark.

In fact, the public's hunger for the latest iPod models means some customers are already binning their old iPods, only four years after the first models were launched.

In response, manufacturer Apple has announced it will recycle the top gadget for free.

Customers can bring iPods they no longer want to any of Apple's 100 retail stores in the US for free disposal and will receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a new iPod that day.

However, the take-back is only being offered at Apple retail outlets and as there are only two in the UK (Birmingham and London), an Apple spokesman said that there were no plans to extend the US recycling programme to the UK.

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