Apple introduced at this time an additional funding in its recycling applications and associated e-waste efforts, which incorporates an growth of its recycling program for shoppers and the announcement of a brand new, 9,000-square-foot Material Recovery Lab based mostly in Austin, Texas, targeted on discovering future recycling processes. The firm additionally reported the success of its present efforts round recycling and refurbishing older Apple units, and holding digital waste from landfills.
The growth of the recycling program will quadruple the variety of areas within the U.S. the place shoppers can ship their iPhones to be disassembled by Daisy, the recycling robotic Apple launched final yr — additionally simply forward of Earth Day.
The robotic was developed in-house by Apple engineers, and is ready to disassemble several types of iPhone fashions at a fee of 200 iPhones per hour.
Daisy can now disassemble and recycle used iPhones returned to Best Buy shops within the U.S. and KPN retailers within the Netherlands. Customers can even ship in iPhones for recycling by means of the Apple Store or by means of Apple’s Trade In program on-line.
When Daisy was first launched, it might disassemble 9 completely different iPhone fashions. Now, it will possibly deal with 15. This permits Apple to get better elements for re-use. That consists of iPhone batteries, which at the moment are despatched again upstream in Apple’s provide chain the place they’re mixed with scrap, permitting cobalt to be recovered for the primary time.
Apple additionally makes use of 100 p.c recycled tin in the principle logic boards of 11 completely different merchandise, and notes its aluminum alloy created from 100 p.c recycled aluminum diminished the carbon footprint of the brand new MacE book Air and Mac mini by almost half.
Apple says Daisy can disassemble 1.2 million units per yr, and it has acquired almost one million units by means of its varied applications.
It additionally in 2018 refurbished over 7.eight million Apple units for resale, and diverted over 48,000 metric tons of digital waste from landfills.
This yr, aluminum recovered by means of Apple’s Trade In program will probably be remelted into the enclosures for the MacE book Air.
The firm introduced at this time one other vital funding in its recycling efforts with the opening of a Material Recovery Lab in Austin, which is able to work with Apple engineers and academia on developing with extra options to recycling business challenges. The lab additionally homes giant gear, usually discovered at e-waste amenities, to assist on this analysis. (See above)
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