Apple Expanding iPhone Recycling Program

Doris Richards
April 20, 2019

Apple now has two such robots, which themselves are upgrades from a recycling robot named Liam, which was about 3 times the size of Daisy.

Daisy is now able to disassemble 15 different iPhone models at the rate of 200 per hour, according to Apple.

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.

And Cupertino just made it even easier to send off your devices for recycling. It struck a similar partnership with KPN retailers in the Netherlands. Apple's four software platforms - iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS - provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud.

Among them, "the majority of that clean supply chain, clean energy suppliers are in China in terms of both attaining the clean energy goal and cooperation in the use of safer materials and smarter chemistry", Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, told Xinhua at a recent event promoting the company's environment initiative. "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".

Daisy the disassembly robot is a massive part of the iPhone recycling process, and now it's even better.


Cobalt from old iPhone batteries is also now being recovered to help make new Apple batteries.

With Earth Day just around the corner, Apple has issued a press release announcing the expansion of its existing iPhone recycling program, an Apple Watch fitness challenge and more. The company's engineering of an aluminum alloy made from 100 percent recycled aluminum allows the new MacBook Air and Mac mini to have almost half the carbon footprint of earlier models.

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. 100 per cent recycled tin from old logic boards is now used in 11 different Apple products.

Smaller products use fewer natural resources, she said. We also have details about the new device, such as an Apple pack design A13 chipset, a 4.7 inches display, and of course, ample storage - 128 GB.

It's right for the Chinese government to remain "vigilant about making sure material really doesn't end up being dumped", said Jackson.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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