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Apple now makes it easier to recycle your old iPhone

Apple Now Makes It Easier To Recycle Your Old Iphone
Apple now makes it easier to recycle your old iPhone

Apple is giving customers new ways to recycle their iPhones. It is part of the company’s long-term goal of using only recycled or renewable materials to make its products.

This Thursday, Apple published its Environmental Report of 2019, which describes the steps it is taking to help protect the environment from the negative impacts of its own business.

Last year, the company introduced an iPhone recycling robot called Daisy . Now he has two of these robots. Each of them can disarm 1.2 million used iPhones per year and retrieve their valuable materials.

Apple says that thanks to the new updates, Daisy can also disassemble 15 different types of iPhones. You can take 200 separate phones per hour. (Before Daisy, Apple used a recycling robot called Liam, Daisy is about one-third the size of its predecessor and has more advanced capabilities.)

For the first time, the materials recovered by Daisy are being introduced into Apple’s new products this year. For example, aluminum extracted by robots from a previous iPhone are being reused in the new Macbook Air laptops, according to the company.

“We are almost trying to remake the current supply chain for technology, because at this time it has not been one of the technology’s goals,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policies and social initiatives, told CNN Business. “Technology is trying to make innovations reach potential customers as quickly as possible, and I do not think many people are considering using recycled material as part of that innovation.”

Apple is also trying to make it easier for people to bring their old iPhones to the Daisy robots. For example, customers can return eligible models to Best Buy stores in the United States or retailer KPN in the Netherlands, and Daisy will disarm them. Users can also deliver devices for recycling at Apple stores or online through Apple’s exchange program.

The company is also opening a new “Materials Recovery Laboratory” in Austin, Texas. The 836 square meter facility will work to find new ways to recycle using robotics and machine learning. Engineers and academics will work with the laboratory on tests and research using giant electronic waste recyclers.

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(CNN) – Apple is giving customers new ways to recycle their iPhones. It is part of the company’s long-term goal of using only recycled or renewable materials to make its products.

This Thursday, Apple published its Environmental Report of 2019, which describes the steps it is taking to help protect the environment from the negative impacts of its own business.

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Last year, the company introduced an iPhone recycling robot called Daisy . Now he has two of these robots. Each of them can disarm 1.2 million used iPhones per year and retrieve their valuable materials.

Daisy, the Apple recycling robot.

Apple says that thanks to the new updates, Daisy can also disassemble 15 different types of iPhones. You can take 200 separate phones per hour. (Before Daisy, Apple used a recycling robot called Liam, Daisy is about one-third the size of its predecessor and has more advanced capabilities.)

For the first time, the materials recovered by Daisy are being introduced into Apple’s new products this year. For example, aluminum extracted by robots from a previous iPhone are being reused in the new Macbook Air laptops, according to the company.

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“We are almost trying to remake the current supply chain for technology, because at this time it has not been one of the technology’s goals,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policies and social initiatives, told CNN Business. “Technology is trying to make innovations reach potential customers as quickly as possible, and I do not think many people are considering using recycled material as part of that innovation.”

Apple is also trying to make it easier for people to bring their old iPhones to the Daisy robots. For example, customers can return eligible models to Best Buy stores in the United States or retailer KPN in the Netherlands, and Daisy will disarm them. Users can also deliver devices for recycling at Apple stores or online through Apple’s exchange program.

The company is also opening a new “Materials Recovery Laboratory” in Austin, Texas. The 836 square meter facility will work to find new ways to recycle using robotics and machine learning. Engineers and academics will work with the laboratory on tests and research using giant electronic waste recyclers.

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In 2016, the world produced 44.7 million metric tons of electronic waste, and only 20% of it was properly recycled, according to a 2017 report from the United Nations University and other organizations. Electronic waste includes discarded electronic products, such as televisions, cell phones and refrigerators.

Apple says it restored more than 7.8 million of its devices in 2018 and helped divert more than 48,000 metric tons of electronic waste so it does not end up in landfills.

The company is taking a second look at the elements and raw materials it uses to manufacture its products, and is investigating ways to recycle them. For example, recycled cobalt is used to make batteries for Apple’s new products.

Last week, Apple said 44 of its suppliers are committed to using 100% renewable energy. Last year, the company announced that all of its retail stores , data centers and corporate offices now operate with 100% clean energy.

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    Written by Sapna Verma

    Linguist-translator by education. I have been working in the field of advertising journalism for over 10 years.

    For over 7 years in journalism. Half of them are as editor. My weakness is doing mini-investigations on new topics.

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