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Greenpeace to Samsung: Recover Metals in Recalled Phones

October 31, 2016

Greenpeace to Samsung: Recover Metals in Recalled Phones

SEOUL, South Korea, October 31, 2016 (ENS) – Samsung Electronics Co., faced with the discovery that the lithium ion batteries in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone could ignite, has recalled 2.5 million of the devices from 10 countries. Greenpeace wants Samsung to retrieve tons of precious metals from the waste phones.

After the Galaxy Note 7’s launch in August, Samsung received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the United States alone, including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Initially, Samsung decided to recall all of the Galaxy Note 7 phones sold and offer replacements or refunds.

But by October 10, at least five of the replacement Galaxy Note 7 phones also had caught fire, and Samsung now is asking all users to shut down the phones. As of October 13, Samsung is recalling all Note 7s, including replacement units.

Consumers who have Galaxy Note 7 devices can exchange them for another model of Samsung smartphone, or receive a refund.

But compensation is not what concerns the environmental advocacy organization Greenpeace, which warned today that, “Samsung’s lack of transparency on the disposal of its Galaxy Note 7 leaves tons of precious minerals at risk of being discarded into the environment.”

Read more at Environment News Service.

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