When it comes to in-house recycling, Apple is diving deeper into droids.
The OEM laid out the details on its new robot, “Daisy,” in the company’s 2018 environmental responsibility report that was released in conjunction with Earth Day.
Daisy, an automated device disassembly system, follows “Liam,” Apple’s previous iteration of similar machinery that was released in 2016.
Apple noted the robotic route helps the company recycle more efficiently.
“Existing techniques, such as shredding, recover only a few kinds of materials and often diminish their quality,” the company wrote. “Daisy can take apart up to 200 iPhone devices per hour, removing and sorting components, so we can recover materials that traditional recyclers can’t – and at a higher quality.”
The robot can identify and tear down nine iPhone generations, according to the company.
To complement the new technology, Apple is “making it easier than ever for customers to recycle their old Apple devices through our new Apple GiveBack experience,” wrote Lisa Jackson, vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, in the report’s introduction.
The environmental report also offered some details about the material recovery prospects by commodity.
Processing 100,000 iPhones has the potential to yield 1,900 kilograms of aluminum, 770 kilograms of cobalt, 710 kilograms of copper, 93 kilograms of tungsten, 42 kilograms of tin, 11 kilograms of rare earth elements, 7.5 kilograms of silver, 1.8 kilograms of tantalum, 0.97 kilograms of gold and 0.1 kilograms of palladium.
The company reiterated its 2017 pledge to use only recycled materials in its supply chain, but went a step further: Apple says it will use recovered materials in its own operations, but also “return an equivalent amount of material back to the market to be used by us or others.”
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