July 11, 2012
Apple's new Macbook Pro with Retina display is said to be the reason Apple pulled out of EPEAT. The computer's screen is difficult to recycle or upgrade, according to one report.
Apple last week removed all of its products from the eco-friendly products registry run by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT), a group Apple originally helped establish. Apple's newest laptops apparently don't meet the registry's criteria for recycling, according to Infoworld.
The city of San Francisco requires agencies to buy 100% EPEAT-certified desktop computers, laptops, and monitors. In 2010 the city spent $45,579 on Apple products out of a $3.8 million budget for computers, according to CIO Journal, the WSJ's corporate technology blog.
Other municipalities, including agencies and schools, are expected to follow suit due to similar EPEAT stipulations.
UPDATE: Apple rejoined EPEAT July 13, 2012