The Public Slate 17 February 2016: Where do iPhones go after they die? The first iPhone was released in 2006, and some are still working or becoming collectors’ items, however, most are recycled. On Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, Bloomberg released some specifics about how Apple, Inc. recycles their phones.
iPhones that are sent to Apple are shredded but not destroyed. None
of the components of the products are reused because the tech giant
fears the black market will use them to create counterfeit Apple
devices.The products are shredded and then their scraps are separated
Bloomberg reports that in 2014, Apple collected over 40,000 tons of
waste from their recycled electronics, which would be enough steel for
100 miles of train tracks. The company assures consumers that any
hazardous waste is safely discarded.
The waste from electronics is referred to as e-waste. This includes
VCRs, televisions, copiers, stereos, computers, fax machines, and
printers. Many of these devices can be refurbished, recycled, or...read on.