Sam­sung to re­cover rare me­tals in Galaxy Note 7s Re­cov­ery of com­po­nents to re­duce waste

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

SEOUL: Sam­sung Electronics plans to re­cover gold and other me­tals and com­po­nents from re­called Galaxy Note 7 smart­phones to re­duce waste.

The South Korean com­pany said yes­ter­day that it ex­pects to re­trieve 157 tons of gold, sil­ver, cobalt, cop­per and other me­tals from mil­lions of smart­phones that were re­called and dis­con­tin­ued last year af­ter their bat­ter­ies were found to be prone to catch­ing fire. It didn't say how it would use the re­trieved me­tals

The phones' dis­play mod­ules, mem­ory chips, cam­era mod­els and other com­po­nents will be sep­a­rated from the Note 7 for sale or re­cy­cling, Sam­sung said in a state­ment. In an­other ef­fort to re­duce waste, Sam­sung has be­gun sell­ing 400,000 units of Galaxy Note FE phones in South Korea made from un­used parts of re­called Note 7 smart­phones. The Note 7 cri­sis was one of the big­gest black eyes in Sam­sung's re­cent his­tory, cost­ing the com­pany more than $5 bil­lion. Air­lines banned pas­sen­gers from car­ry­ing Note 7s on flights due to safety con­cerns and mil­lions of smart­phones were shipped back to Sam­sung.

The phone re­call fi­asco prompted Green­peace to urge the South Korean tech gi­ant to sell longer last­ing electronics prod­ucts that are eas­ier to re­pair and up­grade. En­vi­ron­men­tal­ists fault smart­phones for in­creas­ing the amount of tech waste, though some ex­perts note that by re­plac­ing other ap­pli­ances they may ac­tu­ally de­crease the amount of high-tech-re­lated rub­bish over­all. Sam­sung is the world's largest smart­phone maker.

— AP

SEOUL: A man passes by ad­ver­tise­ments of Sam­sung Electronics Galaxy Note Fan Edi­tion at a mo­bile phone shop in Seoul yes­ter­day.

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