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Apple expands global recycling programs, announces new Material Recovery Lab in Austin

Apple announced today a further investment in its recycling programs and related e-waste efforts, which includes an expansion of its recycling software for consumers and the announcement of a brand-new, 9,000-square-foot Material Recovery Lab based in Austin, Texas, focused on discovering future recycling processes. The company also reported the properity of its existing efforts around recycling and refurbishing older Apple devices, and keeping electronic waste from landfills.

The expansion of the recycling software will quadruple the number of locations in the U.S. where consumers can send their iPhones to be disassembled by Daisy, the recycling automaton Apple introduced last year — also just ahead of Earth Day.

The automaton was developed in-house by Apple engineers, and is able to disassemble non-identical types of iPhone models at a rate of 200 iPhones per hour.

Daisy can now disassemble and recycle used iPhones returned to Best purchase stores in the U.S. and KPN retailers in the Netherlands. Customers can also send in iPhones for recycling through the Apple Store or through Apple’s sell In software online.

When Daisy was first introduced, it could disassemble nine iPhone models. Now it can handle 15. This allows Apple to recover parts for re-use. That includes iPhone batteries, which are now sent back upstream in Apple’s supply chain where they’re combined with scrap, allowing cobalt to be recovered for the first moment.

Apple also uses 100 percent recycled tin in the main cognition boards of 11 products, and notes its aluminum alloy made from 100 percent recycled aluminum reduced the carbon footprint of the brand-new MacBook breezed
and Mac mini by nearly half.

Apple says Daisy can disassemble 1.2 million devices per year, and it has received nearly a million devices through its various programs.

It also in 2018 refurbished more than 7.8 million Apple devices for resale, and diverted more than 48,000 metric tons of electronic waste from landfills.

This year, aluminum recovered through Apple’s sell In software will be remelted into the enclosures for the MacBook breezed
.

The company announced today another significant investment in its recycling efforts with the opening of a material Recovery Lab in Austin, which will work with Apple engineers and academia on coming up with more solutions to recycling industry challenges. The lab also houses enormous tool, typically found at e-waste facilities, to assist in this research (see above).

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

Along with the news around recycling efforts, Apple also released its 2019 Environment report, which contains more information on the company’s climate change solutions.

On Earth Day (April 22), Apple will host environmentally themed sessions at its stores and feature environmentally conscious apps and games on its App Store collections.

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