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Here's why Apple built a recycling robot that rips apart 200 iPhones per hour

Postby MrFredPFL » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:43 pm

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Apple has announced the creation of Daisy, a robot specifically designed to quickly disassemble several different iPhone models and recycle parts that can be used again, the company detailed in a Thursday press release.

Daisy is actually a bit of a composite itself—the robot is made up of parts from another recycling robot, Liam, that was created in 2016, the release said. Daisy will be used first in the US and Europe and then expand worldwide.

According to Apple's release, Daisy will be able take apart nearly 200 iPhones per hour, pushing the company closer to its goal of ending its reliance on mining for vital smartphone materials like cobalt. From every 100,000 iPhones Daisy disassembles, the release said, Apple will be able to harness about 1 kg of gold, 7.5kg of silver, almost two tons of aluminum, and 11kg worth of certain rare-earth elements and minerals like cobalt, palladium, tungsten, tantalum, and tin.

In its Sustainability Report last year, Apple vowed to limit its mining practices, which have been criticized for years by both environmental groups and civil society organizations like Amnesty International, who say the company's insatiable desire for minerals like cobalt has stoked conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and fueled child labor practices.

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