Samsung Sets Out Recycling Plan For Faulty Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Electronics has established three principles to ensure that its notoriously faulty Galaxy Note 7 devices are recycled and processed in an “environmentally-friendly manner”.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was launched last year only to have handsets recalled globally within months after reports of the device catching fire.

An investigation found that a there was a problem with the battery, which caused the over-heating.

Concerns were raised about what will happen to these recalled devices.

Samsung announced yesterday a three principal plan to recycle the devices, which includes the possibility of re-selling refurbished Note 7s.

Notes 7 Recycling Plan

First, devices shall be considered to be used as refurbished phones or rental phones where applicable.

Second, salvageable components shall be detached for reuse.

Third, processes such as metals extraction shall be performed using “environmentally friendly methods”.

Regarding the Galaxy Note 7 devices as refurbished phones or rental phones, applicability is dependent upon consultations with regulatory authorities and carriers as well as due consideration of local demand, the electronics giant said.

For remaining Galaxy Note 7 devices, components such as semiconductors and camera modules shall be detached by and used for test sample production purposes.

Finally, for left over component recycling, Samsung shall first extract precious metals, such as copper, nickel, gold and silver by utilising “eco-friendly” companies specialising in such processes.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to recycling, Samsung also plans to join the EU’s R&D and test efforts to develop new eco-friendly processing methods,” it said.

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