Following 5 months of people-powered actions worldwide and protests by Greenpeace, Samsung made an announcement about its commitment to recycle millions of Galaxy Note 7 phones it recalled in 2016.
Samsung expanded recall to all Galaxy Note 7 devices since they could overheat and pose a safety risk. As numerous investigations concluded, batteries were found to be the cause of the Note7 incidents.
Samsung states that it will ensure that all recalled devices will be recycled and processed in an environmentally-friendly manner.
First of all, Samsung will recycle reusable components from the recalled models and release refurbished models “where applicable”. As the company explains it on its website, “applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand.”
Such components of the Galaxy Note 7 as semiconductors and camera modules will be detached by companies that specialize in such services and used in future phones.
Precious materials such as copper, nickel, gold and silver will be extracted by eco-friendly companies that developed strong expertise in this field.
Samsung also announced about its plans to join the EU’s R&D to develop a new environmentally-friendly technology for recycling smartphones.
by Natalie Myhalnytska
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