Apple sues recycling company for selling its devices

Wednesday, 07 Oct, 2020

Apple is suing a Canadian recycling company that it says resold upward of 100,000 iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches instead of breaking them down. GEEP, a recycling firm, was responsible for recovering valuable material from used Apple devices by de-assembling them.

The suit, which was filed in January, according to The Logic, states that Apple had sent more than half a million devices to GEEP to recycled between 2015 and 2017, and following a routine audit realized that almost 20 percent of them were still online.

Between 2015 and 2017, Apple sent GEEP over half a million devices, and during a routine audit, they realized that 20 percent of them were still online.

This 18 percent doesn't count Apple devices without a cellular radio. In its lawsuit, the company claims that three "rogue" employees carried out the theft without the company's knowledge.

Cases like this one could prompt device makers like Apple and Samsung to start recycling programs of their own. Apple filed the suit in January 2020 although the thefts were discovered in 2017-2018.

In September past year, Geep Canada merged with other companies to form Quantum Lifecycle Partners.

And Apple says: These employees were top administrators in (Geep Canada). The iPhone SE may share numerous iPhone 8's specs, but for $40 more you'll get more mileage out of a phone that isn't going to be three years old out-of-the-box. Apple also relies on robots like Daisy that can strip and keep the parts of 200 iPhone units an hour. That company apparently ended up reselling the stolen devices in China. If the resold products are not rebuilt with counterfeit parts, it results in serious electrical and battery defects.

Apple said that the number of stolen devices will be considerably higher, since non-LTE ones wouldn't be shown. He would prefer that Apple fix older iPhones rather than strip them down and recycle the parts.

As such, Apple intends to get at least $ 22.7 million from the company that allegedly stole it.

Apple has always been working to increase how much it recycles.

From Apple's perspective, reselling these devices was never okay even if they happened to meet Apple's quality or safety standards. The company actually uses recycled metal in their devices to save some impact of their manufacturing on the environment.