Earlier today, Samsung announced their plan to recycle the components from all of the previously recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, detailing their plan to reuse and recycle them in an eco-friendly manner via a three-stage plan to reduce the waste and to reuse the components that weren’t affected by the Note 7’s explosive issues.
Interestingly, the first part of this plan actually involves bringing some of the recalled Note 7’s back to store shelves in a refurbished form.
Here are the details of the 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.
Of course, Samsung will need approval from worldwide carriers, retailers, and authorities in order to resell any of the recalled devices. The stigma surrounding the devices will also remain, so don’t be surprised if they don’t let you on an aeroplane with one.
But if that doesn’t go to plan, Samsung will send the recalled smartphones to specialised companies for dissection, after which, they will more than likely reuse the copper, nickel, gold, and silver from the devices, and sell off/reuse the parts within the smartphone.
You can read more about their plan at the source link below.