Apple today announced an expansion of its recycling programmes

Apple News   |   04/18/2019 - 11:00am   |   by Z.Zachary   |   83
18. apr Apple today announced an expansion of its recycling programmes

Quadrupling the number of locations US customers can send their iPhone to be disassembled by Daisy, its recycling robot.

Daisy will disassemble and recycle select used iPhones returned to Best Buy stores throughout the US and KPN retailers in the Netherlands. Customers can also turn in their eligible devices to be recycled at any Apple Store or through apple.com as part of the Apple Trade Inprogramme.

Apple has received nearly 1 million devices through Apple programmes and each Daisy can disassemble 1.2 million devices per year. 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. 

“Advanced recycling must become an important part of the electronics supply chain, and Apple is pioneering a new path to help push our industry forward,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “We work hard to design products that our customers can rely on for a long time. When it comes time to recycle them, we hope that the convenience and benefit of our programmes will encourage everyone to bring in their old devices.”

 

Various iPhone models on Daisy.
Daisy is capable of disassembling 200 iPhones per hour. 

 

Daisy is now able to disassemble 15 different iPhone models at the rate of 200 per hour, recovering even more important materials for re-use. Once materials have been recovered from Daisy, they are recycled back into the manufacturing process. For cobalt, which is a key battery material, Apple sends iPhone batteries recovered by Daisy upstream in its supply chain. They are then combined with scrap from select manufacturing sites and, for the first time, cobalt recovered through this process is now being used to make brand-new Apple batteries — a true closed loop for this precious material.

Apple also uses 100 percent recycled tin in a key component of the main logic boards of 11 different products. The company’s engineering of an aluminium alloy made from 100 percent recycled aluminium allows the new MacBook Air and Mac mini to have nearly half the carbon footprint of earlier models. Starting this year, aluminium recovered through the Apple Trade In programme is being remelted into the enclosures for the MacBook Air.

 

Apple’s Material Recovery Lab in Austin, Texas.
As part of its Material Recovery Lab, Apple has invested in large machinery typically used at e-waste recycling facilities.

 

Daisy recovers materials such as cobalt, aluminium and tin.
Daisy can take apart iPhones to recover materials such as cobalt, aluminium and tin, which are then recycled back into the manufacturing process. 

 

To further its research on recycling, Apple today also announced the opening of its Material Recovery Lab dedicated to discovering future recycling processes. The new 9,000-square-foot facility in Austin, Texas, will look for innovative solutions involving robotics and machine learning to improve on traditional methods like targeted disassembly, sorting and shredding. The Lab will work with Apple engineering teams as well as academia to address and propose solutions to today’s industry recycling challenges.

Apple continues to expand its programmes to ensure devices are used for as long as possible. The number of Apple Stores and network of Authorized Service Providers has grown to over 5,000 worldwide. Last fall, Apple rolled out a new method for optimising iPhone screen repairs that allows thousands more independent shops to offer the service. Apple also launched a battery replacement and recycling programme for all of its products.

 

Apple Watch showing Earth Day sticker.
Apple Watch wearers can earn a special Earth Day Award and stickers for Messages by completing a 30-minute outdoor workout on April 22. 

 

Animated Earth Day sticker.
Apple Watch wearers can earn a special Earth Day Award and stickers for Messages by completing a 30-minute outdoor workout on April 22. 

 

Animated Earth Day sticker.
Apple Watch wearers can earn a special Earth Day Award and stickers for Messages by completing a 30-minute outdoor workout on April 22. 

 

Animated Earth Day sticker.
Apple Watch wearers can earn a special Earth Day Award and stickers for Messages by completing a 30-minute outdoor workout on April 22. 

 

iPhone showing Earth Day collection on the App Store.
The App Store is celebrating Earth Day by featuring apps and games that help people honour the earth and live sustainably. 

 

Apple will also be supporting the efforts of environmentally-focused non-profits Conservation International, SEE Foundation and The Recycling Partnership — expanding on its conservation and resource efficiency work from last year.

Source: Apple.com




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