In September 2016, Samsung suspended sales of its newly released Galaxy Note7 smartphone and issued a recall after discovering a manufacturing defect in the phones’ batteries had caused the devices to overheat, resulting in dangerous fires and explosions. This recall caused an e-waste recycling challenge for both Samsung and waste management companies around the globe.
Last month, Samsung SDI’s Chinese manufacturing facility in Tianjin, China, caught fire and now, Greenpeace has called out Samsung for failing to produce a recycling plan for the approximately 4.3 million defective and recalled Galaxy Note7 smartphones.
The Guardian has more:
At the smartphone world’s annual shindig in Barcelona, there are some things the tech giants have been trying to get people talking about – the relaunch of the Nokia 3310, BlackBerry’s new fingerprint scanner, Samsung’s virtual reality headset.
But there’s another, less glamorous story that they haven’t been so keen to promote. And that concerns the fate of their gadgets when consumers have finished with them.