Belfast Telegraph

Apple boosts its recycling efforts with new lab in US

By Martyn Landi

Apple is expanding its environmental programmes by increasing the number of old devices disassembled by its recycling robots and opening a new lab to find new ways of recovering materials for re-use.

The technology giant has said its robots, each known as Daisy, were now capable of taking apart 1.2 million devices a year.

The robots are now able to disassemble 15 different iPhone models at a rate of 200 an hour, Apple said, and 100% recycled tin was now a key component in the circuit boards of 11 different products.

The announcements came as the company published its latest environment report, where it confirmed 44 of its suppliers had committed to using 100 percent renewable energy for their Apple production.

The firm's new material recovery lab, to be opened in Texas, will look for "innovative solutions involving robotics and machine learning to improve on traditional methods like targeted disassembly, sorting and shredding".

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