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Apple Establishes Labs to Dismantle Devices before Recycling

Apple Establishes Labs to Dismantle Devices before Recycling

Saturday, 20 April, 2019 - 05:00
The exterior of Apple headquarters is seen before an event to announce new products at the company's headquarters Monday, March 21, 2016, in Cupertino, Calif. MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ / AP.
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Apple Inc. is notorious for keeping what happens in its laboratories in Austin, Texas, a closely guarded secret. However, Apple announced Thursday that it will open a "Material Recovery" lab to investigate new techniques to rip apart its devices and recover valuable materials such as copper, aluminum and cobalt, Reuters reported.

The 836-square-meter lab will be at the same Austin facility as "Daisy," an Apple-built robot that can now tear apart iPhones at the rate of 1.2 million per year.

The lab is part of Apple’s broader goal to make all of its products from recycled or renewable materials. Apple has not set a date for when it will reach that goal, though some products such as the MacBook Air already feature aluminum made from melted down iPhones traded in to Apple.

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social Initiatives, told Reuters the research will inform how Apple designs its products.

"I absolutely think that the learnings we make there will be for all of Apple, and hopefully for all of our sector, and of course will influence designers and engineers as we go forward," Jackson said in an interview.

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