Apple today announced that they will be expanding their recycling programs by quadrupling locations in the US where customers can send their iPhone to be disassembled by Daisy, the recycling robot.

Daisy is going to disassemble iPhones that are returned to Best Buy in the US and KPN stores in the Netherlands.

Apple already received almost 1 million devices through their programs and every Daisy can disassemble 1.2 million iPhones every year. In 2018 Apple refurbished over 7.8 million devices to help deflect more than 48,000 metric tons of e-waste from disposal areas.

Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Lisa Jackson said that advanced recycling has to become an important part of the electronics supply chain and that Apple is pioneering a new path to help push their industry forward.

“Advanced recycling must become an important part of the electronics supply chain, and Apple is pioneering a new path to help push our industry forward. We work hard to design products that our customers can rely on for a long time. When it comes time to recycle them, we hope that the convenience and benefit of our programs will encourage everyone to bring in their old devices.”

Daisy can now disassemble 15 different iPhones at a rate of 200 iPhones every hour while recovering even more key materials to re-use it.

Apple today also announced the opening of its Material Recovery Lab in Austin, Texas.

 

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