A lot of iPhones have been sold since the original iPhone was released almost nine years ago. While some older devices are still being used or collected by Apple fans, most of them end up in the recycling heap. A Bloomberg article published on Wednesday goes into some of the details about the iPhone recycling process.
Essentially, iPhones given to Apple to recycle are torn to shreds. The company doesn’t reuse chips or other components for fear of feeding the secondary market with fake Apple products. The shredded material is processed; hazardous waste is dealt with properly, and materials such as gold, copper, aluminum and glass are recycled.