Apple’s E-Waste Recycling Programs Recovered $43M Worth of Gold in 2015Apple’s E-Waste Recycling Programs Recovered $43M Worth of Gold in 2015
April 18, 2016
In 2015, Apple collected approximately 90 million pounds of e-waste through its electronic-device recycling programs. Through these recycling programs, Apple was able to recover more than 61 million pounds of material for reuse. These recovered materials include steel, plastics, glass, aluminum, copper, cobalt, zinc, lead, nickel, silver, tin and gold.
Last month, the company introduced Liam the robot. Liam is capable of disassembling an iPhone and sorting its parts in just 11 seconds. Liam prototypes are currently being used at Apple facilities in both California and the Netherlands.
Quartz has the details:
Apple says it collected nearly 90 million pounds of old iPhones and other electronic waste in 2015, through its electronic-device recycling programs. The haul was enough for the company to recover more than 61 million pounds of material for re-use.
On current prices, that amounts to roughly $1.7 million worth of silver, $6.5 million of copper, and $43 million worth of gold.