An iPhone’s afterlife

Tim Culpan, Bloomberg, writing an extensive piece on Apple’s process of recycling its iPhones (via Mitchel Broussard, MacRumors):

In the electronics recycling business, the benchmark is to try to collect and recycle 70 percent, by weight, of the devices produced seven years earlier. Jackson says Apple exceeds that, typically reaching 85 percent, including recycling some non-Apple products that customers bring in.

Apple isn’t living up to the industry standard, its defining it. Furthermore, it’s probably defining it for others, for them. In the span of 24 hours, this is the second time Apple is at the vanguard for doing the right thing (the previous instance doesn’t validate the use of the word ‘vanguard’ since there are no trailing parties).


Apple said it collected more than 40,000 tons of e-waste in 2014 from recycled devices, including enough steel to build 100 miles of railway track. […]

Reclaimed iPhones can’t be shipped across regions, must have their storage wiped, and must have all logos removed. The scrap can’t be mixed with that of other brand names, so recyclers need to have dedicated facilities for Apple, Li said.

Our shit is better than your shit.

Further still:

While some brands salvage components such as chips that can be used to repair faulty phones, Apple has a full-destruction policy.

“Shredding components takes more energy than repurposing,” Li said. […]

Apple shreds its devices to avoid having fake Apple products appearing on the secondary market, Jackson said. The company is working on ways to reuse components in the future, she said, declining to elaborate. […]

Hazardous waste is stored at a licensed facility and the recycling partners can take a commission on other extracted materials such as gold and copper. The rest is reincarnated as aluminum window frames and furniture, or glass tiles.

One man’s iPhone is another man’s outlet to the world.

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