Years ago iphone producer Apple had released an interesting video on its new recycling robot Liam. Liam is a new-age eco friendly robot, which holds the power to completely disable an old Apple gadget within 11 seconds, with the help of his 29 arms. Not only that, Liam also segregates these dismantled items in their respective bins, such as cashed screens, bolts and nuts, sim cards and others. Liam is capable of destroying an estimate of 1.2 million Apple iPhone within a year, says Apple.
And so, to make this new device useful, Apple has started a new initiative, where it is asking customers their old gadgets including, iPods, iPads, chords, wires and more. These disabled products will then be sold off to recycling businesses.
Although, Apple claims that it is for a greater good, according to the company’s policy of “full destructions”, those products which can be reused are also destroyed to dust. These products include perfectly functional computer chips, cameras and other hardware and software components.
Additionally, considering that modern day devices use up a lot of the earth’s natural and chemically produced resource, unnecessarily recycling them causes greater damage. According to the leader of the policy think tank Technology, Rare and Electronics Materials Center and a former commodities trader, David Abraham “We interact with these metals all the time, without thinking about it,” since we have half the materials on the periodic table, on the palms of our hands. He also adds “We’re not even good at recycling materials we think we’re good at recycling,”, stressing on the fact that laborious activities such as mining are expensive, effect the global environment as well as, exploits human health.
Considering all of these counter arguments made against Apple’s non-reusable policy, it seems like a bad decision to give up old products and let them go to to the melting furnace…