Apple’s new overhead projector-based augmented reality systems help humans disassemble products by following along with the projected images. | Photo courtesy of Apple

Apple is pushing to use more recycled metals in its products and deployed a system to make device dismantling easier for recycling contractors.

In a press release, the electronics giant noted that it has started sending overhead projector-based augmented reality systems to recycling partners.

The company did not respond to an E-Scrap News request for more information on the systems. 

The project helps humans disassemble devices, including MacBooks and iPads, by projecting video imagery directly onto a work surface and allowing them to follow along. 

In other news, Apple set new targets for using recycled materials by 2025, including using 100% recycled cobalt in all Apple-designed batteries; 100% recycled rare earth elements in magnets; and 100% recycled tin soldering and gold plating in all Apple-designed printed circuit boards. 

The press release noted that in 2022, Apple increased its use of recycled metals. Over two-thirds of all aluminum, 25% of cobalt, 73% of all rare earths and more than 95% of all tungsten in Apple products are recycled. That’s up from 13% of cobalt and 45% of rare earths in 2021. 

“Every day, Apple is innovating to make technology that enriches people’s lives, while protecting the planet we all share,” Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, stated in the release. “From the recycled materials in our products, to the clean energy that powers our operations, our environmental work is integral to everything we make and to who we are.”

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