Sina US stocks Beijing time April 21, recently, Apple has provided consumers with a new way to recycle iPhone. This is part of the company's long-term ambitious goal of manufacturing products using only recyclable or renewable materials.
On Thursday, Apple released its 2019 Environmental Report, outlining its steps to protect the environment from the negative impact of its business.
Last year, the company launched an iPhone recycling robot called Daisy, and now it has two such robots. Each of them can dismantle 1.2 million used iPhones each year and recycle the precious materials. Apple said that due to the new upgrade, Daisy can also disassemble 15 different types of iPhones. 200 mobile phones can be removed per hour. Before Daisy, Apple used a recycling robot called Liam.
Daisy is only about one-third of its predecessor and has more advanced features. The materials recovered from Daisy were first used in Apple's new products this year. For example, according to the company, aluminum extracted from older iPhones is being reused in new Macbook Air notebooks.
Lisa ·, Apple's vice president of environmental, policy and social action, said in an interview with CNN Business: "We are almost reshaping the current technology supply chain, because this is not one of the technical goals. & rdquo; & ldquo; Technology is to let innovation into the hands of potential customers as soon as possible, I don't think many people will consider the use of recyclable materials as part of the innovation. ”
Apple is also trying to make it easier for people to send their old iPhones to Daisy robots. For example, customers can return eligible models to Best Buy stores in the US or KPN, a Dutch retailer, which will be dismantled by Daisy. Users can also recycle their devices in the Apple Store or online through Apple's "Trade in" program.
The company will also open a new “material recycling laboratory” in Austin, Texas. The 9000-square-foot facility is dedicated to finding new ways to recycle waste using robotics and machine learning. Engineers and academics will work with the lab to test and research with large e-waste recyclers.
A report released by agencies such as the United Nations University in 2017 showed that global e-waste output in 2016 was 44.7 million tons, of which only 20% were properly recycled. E-waste includes discarded electronic products such as televisions, cell phones and refrigerators.
Apple said it had refurbished more than 7.8 million electronic products in 2018 and helped transfer more than 48,000 tons of e-waste. The company is revisiting the elements and raw materials used to make the products and researching how to recycle them. For example, recovered cobalt is used to make batteries for new Apple products.
Last week, Apple said its 44 suppliers promised 100% renewable energy. Last year, the company announced that all its retail stores, data centers and corporate offices are now 100% clean energy.
“This will be a lot of work,” Jackson said. “We are really working hard to get materials into our products and more and more recycling. We hope other companies will do the same. This is a great goal. ”