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Samsung wants to recover 157 tonnes of rare metals from the recalled Note 7s

By midian182 ยท 5 replies
Jul 18, 2017
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  1. The Note 7 fiasco may have been a disaster for Samsung, but the company recovered to the point where it’s now predicting record quarterly profits. The environmental impact of throwing away millions of handsets, however, might not have been as easy to recover from – part of the reason why the company has announced its recycling plans for the smartphones.

    Samsung said it intends to recover components such as camera modules, memory chips, and OLED displays from the handsets and reuse them for repairs or sell them. Additionally, Samsung will extract 157 tonnes’ worth of rare metals, including gold, cobalt, copper, and silver, from components that aren’t being reused. The company will also join forces with firms, both in South Korea and abroad, to recycle parts from the handsets.

    Samsung is lessening the environmental effects of the recalls through the Note 7 Fan Edition, which utilizes unopened Galaxy Note 7s and unused parts. The refurbished handset, which is currently only available in South Korea, was said to feature “upgraded components,” but an iFixit teardown revealed the only differences between it and the original are a smaller battery and subtle changes to the antenna pattern.

    Activist groups such as Greenpeace have called for Samsung to recycle and recover the rare materials found in the Note 7s. The company said it plans to lead the industry when it comes green policies and recycling.

    "Samsung Electronics will continue to expand adopting environmentally friendly methods to collect and process older devices, as well as manufacturing new products," the company said.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,257   +3,672

    As a great an idea it is, they would literally have to have this work done in 3rd world countries in order to make a decent return on their efforts .... but it's certainly possible and I give them high marks for their attempt ....
    Reehahs likes this.
  3. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,966   +223

    Those ~2.5 million sold Notes 7's must be mighty heavy if Samsung is going to be able to recover 157 tonnes of materials from them!
  4. Stiqy

    Stiqy TS Enthusiast Posts: 51   +45

    Yeah... the math looks really dodgy at first glance but 157 tons is 314,000 pounds which is 5,027,000 ounces, a Note 7 is 6 ounces.... so if they can reclaim just 2 ounces of material (33% .. reasonable?), that is 2,521,000 units to produce the needed 5,027,000 ounces... math looks pretty close.
    cartera likes this.
  5. willisgreg88

    willisgreg88 TS Rookie

    Turning a product disaster into a company PR campaign, while reducing e-waste and creating jobs in third-world nations. Brilliant!
  6. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,966   +223

    Pounds, ounces, unicorns, when will the US switch to a logical metric system? :D
    Instead of trying to convert between metric tonnes to some archaic measure system why not just keep it in metric?
    The phone weighs 169G (Grams) which is 0.000169T (Tonnes) Samsung sold ca 2.5M phones.
    2.5M x 0.000169t = 422.5T
    So yea if they claim they can recover 37% of the phones then it will be true.
    Crazy that the numbers becomes so big, without running the numbers I would never believe it!
    cartera and Phr3d like this.

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