General overhaul, components reuse, metal extraction – Samsung has released a rough plan for recycling the Galaxy Note 7. Greenpeace calls for a more accurate timeline.
Samsung has collected about 2.5 million units of Galaxy Note 7 because of the fire hazard debacle. What is to happen with this huge amount of devices, the South Korean company now outlines a plan in a press release. If possible, the note 7 would go through a general revision, then used as a revised version or as a rental device.
For all devices, this is not feasible. According to Samsung, we have to take into account the regulations of governmental organizations and mobile phone providers. Demand on the spot also limits the number of note-7 copies, which has to be overhauled and resold.
“Environmentally friendly procedures”
In the case of the devices that cannot be reused, components are to be removed from them, so that they can be reused in other devices later. Samsung calls semiconductors and camera modules as an example. These components could therefore be used, for example, in the production of test specimens. Remaining metals such as copper, nickel, gold, and silver are to be extracted by companies specializing in “environmentally friendly processes.”
Jude Lee from Greenpeace Asia praises Samsung’s plan in a press release, but calls for more details, “Samsung must present an exact timeline for implementation as soon as possible and show what changes in the production system will prevent such problems in the future.”
Samsung launched a comprehensive recall of Galaxy Note 7 in September 2016 due to faulty batteries. An enforced firmware update is supposed to move the last owners to return the phones in next few days.