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 resulted in a millions of discontinued, damaged and recalled phones to be placed in recycling bins, creating both an e-waste recycling issue and opportunity.
A few short months after the recall, Samsung SDI’s Chinese manufacturing facility in Tianjin, China, which recycles the smartphones, suffered a fire that was caused by lithium batteries, and Greenpeace called out Samsung for failing to produce a recycling plan for the approximately 4.3 million defective and recalled Galaxy Note7 smartphones.’
In response to Greenpeace, Samsung is claiming that it has established three principles to ensure that Galaxy Note7’s are recycled and processed in an environmentally friendly manner.
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If you were watching Samsung’s Mobile World Congress 2017 live stream, you might have witnessed a protester come on stage during Samsung Electronics Europe’s Chief Marketing Officer’s, David Lowes, opening statement. The protester accomplished their purpose as they got Mr. Lowes to respond, “I think you’ve made your point”.
The incident at the time was not paid all that much attention as Samsung did not prominently feature the protestor during their live stream, obviously. Later, SamMobile revealed that the protester was from Greenpeace, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that focuses on environmental issues, and their topic of contention was the opacity of Samsung’s handling of the returned Galaxy Note 7’s that were deemed dangerous for use. The protester’s flag bore the Samsung logo, a #GalaxyNote7 hashtag, and a recycle logo with the words “Rethink, Reuse, Recycle.”