On Thursday, Apple Inc. made an announcement that it has expanded its global recycling programmes and introduced its recycling robot named Daisy. This robot can disassemble 200 iPhones per hour. Daisy is 33 feet long with five arms. It can methodically deconstruct any of 15 iPhone models currently running. Daisy is capable of disassembling iPhones send by US customers.
The company told that, the recycling robot will disassemble all the iPhones returned to Best Buy stores throughout the US and KPN retailers in the Netherlands and recycle them. The company made the announcement ahead of Earth Day which is on April 22.
Apple Inc. also made the announcement of opening of its "Material Recovery Lab" for discovering of future recycling processes in Austin, Texas. With these new announcements, Apple is continuously trying to set its footprint in the area of renewable energy and recycling devices. Daisy can disassemble thousands of iPhones in a single day.
Daisy is a successor to Liam robot which is also a recycling robot released in 2016. Noticeable, Daisy has been built with some old parts recovered from Liam, so it os also a recycled recycling bot. Daisy works with a good speed. In an hour, it can disassemble upto 200 iPhones.
Ahead of Earth Day, the company is also announcing a temporary initiative GiveBack in which customers can give their old devices for recycling through Apple stores or from the company website. Customers can give their old devices between now and April 30. The company will make a donation to Conservation International.
"We're going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it," Apple CEO Tim Cook stated.
"Advanced recycling must become an important part of the electronics supply chain, and Apple is pioneering a new path to help push our industry forward," said Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives.