Published: Sat, April 20, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Apple's recycling robot hungry for more defunct devices

Apple's recycling robot hungry for more defunct devices

The company is quadrupling the number of drop-off recycling locations across the country. Apple also opened a Material Recovery Lab in Austin, Texas, to further its research on recycling. Daisy can take apart 1.2 million used iPhones per year, or 200 phones per hour, and recover the reusable parts.

In 2018, the company refurbished more than 7.8 million Apple devices and helped divert more than 48,000 metric tons of electronic waste from landfills.

Daisy the recycling robot allows for the disassembly and recycling of used iPhones in both the United States and the Netherlands. "Tech is all about getting innovations into the hands of potential customers as fast as possible, and I don't think a lot of folks are considering part of that innovation to be using recycled material".

For cobalt, which is a key battery material, Apple sends iPhone batteries recovered by Daisy upstream in its supply chain.

In the report called "Environmental Responsibility Report", Apple has set an ambitious goal to "make products without taking from the Earth" and vowed to adopt "big steps" to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide from its business operations.

Apple also uses 100 percent recycled tin in a key component of the main logic boards of 11 different products. The number of Apple Stores and network of Authorized Service Providers has grown to over 5,000 worldwide. Apple's Earth Day Challenge also encourages Apple Watch® wearers to complete any outdoor workout of 30 minutes or more to earn a special Earth Day Award and stickers for Messages. The addition of retailers like Best Buy to the recycling program is just as significant a step forward though because it makes those programs more accessible for the first time to iPhone owners who don't have an Apple Store near their homes.

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. If this will be the price for the new iPhone SE 2, we don't know how many buyers the new model will have, because the iPhone SE was one of the most preferred devices thanks to its agreeable price tag, especially in India.

Additional information is about Apple's environmental efforts are available in its 2019 Environment report. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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