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E-waste Recycling August 16, 2023 06:40:03 PM

Tech Recycler Partnered with Apple to Tackle Electronic Waste

Paul Ploumis
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When devices are traded in an Apple Store, they are sent to any of the Alchemy facilities across the world.

Tech Recycler Partnered with Apple to Tackle Electronic Waste

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Ireland-based Alchemy Global Solutions, in partnership with technology major Apple Inc., has embarked on a new initiative to curb mounting e-waste crisis around the world. In addition to robotic tools such as Daisy, Apple also relies on third party firms to ensure that disposed of electronic items are treated responsibly.

When devices are traded in an Apple Store, they are sent to any of the Alchemy facilities across the world. Incidentally, Alchemy currently runs nearly 60 warehouse facilities located in different regions of the world, including the U.S., Europe and Asia, which undergo Apple’s rigorous audit process twice a year.

Once the device reaches the Alchemy warehouse, it ensures that all sensitive data from the devices are carefully wiped out. Upon refurbishing, the device is sold by Alchemy through marketplaces such as Loop Mobile and Callisto. Those devices which cannot be refurbished will be recycled in a sustainable manner, thus preventing environmental damages.

According to Alchemy, there exists huge demand for second hand devices. It sells approximately 15,000 iPhone 8 models per day, which clearly indicates the high residual value for old phones.

The partnership plays a key role in curbing rising e-waste volumes. As per rough estimates, approximately 50 million tonnes of e-waste were generated during the previous year.

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