Samsung recycles rare earths – The recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has led to around 730 tons of electronic scrap. Some devices have re-entered the market as refurbished models, the vast majority want to recycle Samsung’s own data and recover the contained rare earth.
Samsung recycles note 7
The debacle around the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 at the end of 2016 has led to a major recall. Samsung had produced more than 4 million devices, according to Greenpeace estimates, this produced an electrical scrap mountain of 730 tons. Around 400,000 units have recently been re-launched in South Korea as refurbished models, the vast majority of which is not such a comeback.
Samsung had already announced at the end of 2016 that individual parts of the devices should be reused and recycled. As the company communicates, individual components that were not responsible for the problems that led to the recall are being expanded and reused elsewhere, for example in the repair phase. These include memory chips, camera modules and OLED displays.
Rare earths are reused
Also the rare earths, which are slumbering in the devices, are released according to the information and to the reuse. The company expects the measures to recover some 157 tonnes of precious metals such as gold, silver, cobalt and copper. For Samsung, Samsung is working with national and international specialists, it says.
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