Apple expands global recycling programs

Joanna Estrada
April 20, 2019

But he said many other popular products in its lineup - such as its AirPods headphones - can not be economically recycled because they are stuck together with glue.

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Apple expanded its recycling programmes, quadrupling the number of locations U.S. customers can send their iPhone to be disassembled by Daisy, its recycling robot.

The technology giant has said its robots, each known as Daisy, were now capable of taking apart 1.2 million devices a year.

More than 7.8m Apple devices were refurbished in 2018, which would have been put up for resale on the company's website.

"We're nearly trying to remake the current supply chain for technology because right now that has not been one of the goals of technology", said Lisa Jackson, Vice President of Apple's Environment, Policy and Social initiatives. "When it comes time to recycle them, we hope that the convenience and benefit of our programs will encourage everyone to bring in their old devices".

The recycling will be done by a custom built recycling robot called Daisy, which Apple introduced just past year.

In response to a question over whether Apple is planning to deploy the Daisy robot system in Asia, especially in China, Jackson said Apple is looking at unique recycling solutions in China "because we have manufacturers there". Apple has now said that for the first time recovered Cobalt is used to make brand-new Apple batteries.

As part of its Material Recovery Lab, Apple has invested in large machinery typically used at e-waste recycling facilities. Apple has not set a date for when it will reach that goal, though some products such as the MacBook Air already feature aluminium made from melted down iPhones traded-in to Apple. Apple has also confirmed that they're going to make an Austin-Texas material recovery lab which will further boost Apple's disassembly line speed further.

The lab will work with Apple's engineering teams as well as academia to "address and propose solutions to today's industry recycling challenges", Apple says. And Apple's well-built devices prove less wasteful in the long run.

The number of Apple Stores and network of Authorized Service Providers grew to over 5,000 worldwide. 100 per cent recycled tin from old logic boards is now used in 11 different Apple products. The report can be viewed at apple.com/environment.

Apple's efforts to be the greenest company in tech continue with a major expansion to its global recycling programs.

The rumors about new devices are all over the place on the Internet, so are the suggestions regarding the new iPhone SE 2 from Apple. "We know our products are used a long time". Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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