Samsung plans to recover 157 tonnes of rare metals, including gold, from Galaxy Note 7s

Samsung Electronics announced today that it will recycle parts
from Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, which gained notoriety last
year after a battery defect caused several to burst into flame.
The company said
in a statement on its Korean site
 (via Google
Translate) that it also expects to recover 157 tonnes of rare
metals, including gold, from the devices.

Sales of the Galaxy Note 7 were suspended last September, but
Samsung confirmed in March that it
plans to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7s
instead of
throwing them away.

In its new announcement, Samsung said it will recover
components like OLED display modules, memory chips, and camera
modules from Galaxy Note 7s and reuse them for repairs or
recycle them. Rare metals, including cobalt, copper, and gold,
will be recovered during the recycling process.

Though Samsung faces a unique PR challenge because of the
exploding phone fiasco, other smartphone companies have also
announced initiatives to reduce their impact on the planet. For
example, Apple announced in April that it is
figuring out how to use only renewable materials
in its
products. Not to be outdone, Samsung said today that it is
working on new ways to recycle materials from its products and
“actively lead the industry in terms of environmental
protection and resource recycling.”

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