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Apple said Tuesday its newest iPhones would be produced using recycled rare earth materials, as part of a stepped up environmental initiative which also has geopolitical implications.

Announced as part of a series of sustainability actions, Apple said the move builds on prior initiatives including its pledge to become “100 percent carbon neutral” in all aspects of its business.

Apple’s environment policy chief Lisa Jackson said during an online event announcing the new iPhone 12 handsets that “for the first time, we are using 100 percent recycled rare earth elements in all magnets including the camera, haptics and MagSafe (connectors).”

The announcement comes amid growing concerns about e-waste from billions of smartphones as consumers upgrade to new models, and with growing political tensions over rare earth materials needed for many electronics.

Activists have expressed concerns about the environmental impact of rare earth mining, and some of the materials come from

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  • Apple is suing a Canadian recycling company that it says resold upward of 100,000 iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches instead of breaking them down.
  • The recycling company says that theft of the devices was carried out by three “rogue” employees and that it wasn’t aware of it.
  • Apple is unconvinced by the defense, arguing in its suit that “GEEP’s officers and directors knew or ought to have known about the scheme.”
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Apple is suing a Canadian recycling company that it accuses of reselling upward of 100,000 iPhones, iPads, and Apple watches.

The suit, reported by The Logic on Wednesday, was filed in January against the Ontario-based recycling firm Global Electric Electronic Processing, which Apple contracted in 2014 to break down its products. 

Apple noticed the missing devices after an audit of a warehouse indicated devices were being taken to parts of the building

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Apple is suing former recycling partner GEEP Canada — now a part of Quantum Lifecycle Partners — for allegedly stealing and reselling at least 103,845 iPhones, iPads and Watches that it was hired to disassemble. “At least 11,766 pounds of Apple devices left GEEP’s premises without being destroyed – a fact that GEEP itself confirmed,” reads a portion of Apple’s complaint, as reported by The Logic (via AppleInsider).

Apple sent the recycling firm over 500,000 iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches between January 2015 and December 2017, according to The Logic’s report. When Apple did an audit, it discovered 18 percent of those devices were still accessing the internet through cellular networks. That 18 percent doesn’t count Apple devices without a cellular radio, so it’s possible an even higher percentage of the gadgets were resold.

Apple seeks to obtain at least $31 million Canadian dollars (roughly $22.7 million USD)

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SpaceMat: graphene’s answer to recycling tyre rubber launches to market
Credit: University of Manchester

A Greater Manchester start-up company has launched the first of a range of products aimed at reducing wastage from vehicle tires, supported by the Graphene Engineering Innovation Center’s (GEIC) ERDF Bridging the Gap program at The University of Manchester.


In conjunction with the GEIC, Dr. Vivek Koncherry developed SpaceMat—a flooring product that uses graphene to improve dramatically the performance of recycled tire rubber compared to previous efforts.

It’s estimated that 1.5 billion waste tires are generated globally every year and most end up in landfill or being burned. Numerous attempts have been made to produce high-quality recycled rubber from tires, but the shedding of microparticles from resultant products has raised concerns over environmental health.

Vivek’s company Space Blue has successfully developed graphene-enhanced recycled rubber products for mass-market applications that address this issue.

Graphene-enhanced performance

The SpaceMat product is constructed from 80% waste tire material and 20%

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What happens to your old computers, monitors, keyboards, mouse etc once you’ve upgraded to the latest model, are you just taking them to the local landfill?. This article will outline the hazards with computer recycling and what should be done with your old computers once you have upgraded.

What’s the big deal anyway the old computers can just go out with all our other rubbish. The biggest concern is with CRTs and the monitors they contain approximately 4 pounds of lead per unit. The lead cannot be physically broken down like other waste and over time the whole landfill will become contaminated from the lead toxin’s.

I think we know all the dangers associated with lead poisoning and the health problems that can occur including:

o Learning disabilities

o Behaviour problems

o High doses of lead has been present

o Seizures

o Comma

o Death

If that’s not enough there … Read More

Computer Recycling – The Importance

May 3, 2020 | computer | No Comments

Electronics are becoming more and more easy to use, causing them to become in high demand. There are multiple places to purchase a new computer. With such a demand for new, smart, easier to use computers poses the question, “what do I do with my old computer?” Old computers to be taken the Goodwill or donated to a school for computer education. Our high speed internet is to much for these oldies. Luckily new technology has given birth to Computer Recycling Companies, and has given them the ability to recycle computers in order to save the environment from harmful waste from old, rotten computers.

One of the many Computer Recycling Centers is Best Buy. They now have streamed on their web site and on their commercials that they will take in any old computer and/or laptop for a $10 processing fee then will give you a $10 gift card. Just … Read More