Apple’s electronic recycling program now accepts slightly water-damaged phones. Previously, liquid damage would render an iPhone worthless, but starting this week, Apple will accept these phones in its stores (not online).
If the phone has water under the display or if the ports show signs of corrosion, it won’t be accepted even if your liquid contact indicator is negative.
By participating in the Apple Recycling Program you are helping the environment by extending the useful life of products that have value in the secondary electronics market. You are also ensuring that products that have reached the end of their useful life are recycled in an environmentally responsible manner in North America.
As an added benefit, if your product qualifies for reuse — meaning it has monetary value — you’ll receive an Apple Gift Card equivalent to its fair market value as determined by PowerON. You can use the gift card for eligible purchases at any U.S. Apple Retail Store or the U.S. Apple Online Store. If your product does not have monetary value, we’ll recycle it at no cost to you.