Ever since Samsung’s Note 7 was recalled and officially discontinued due to battery combustion issues, many have questioned how the company plans to limit the impact of the recall on the environment.
Sadly, the company didn’t provide much in the way of a satisfactory answer, prompting environmental group Greenpeace to publish a statement demanding that the massive OEM find a way to reuse the many rare materials used in the Note 7, including cobalt, gold, palladium and tungsten.
In response to the release, Samsung told Reuters: “We recognize the concerns around the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 and are currently reviewing possible options that can minimize the environmental impact of the recall in full compliance with relevant local environmental regulations.”
The company again kept away from mentioning specific plans for doing away with the devices. At the time of its first recall in September the company stated it had sold 2.5 million units, with 22,000 units sold specifically in Canada. Following the second sales period, Reuters states the total sales count hit 3.06 million devices, however, that excludes unsold stock. In Canada, the total amount stocked and sold came in at 39,000.
Regardless of the exact amount of stock, one thing is clear: that amount of Note 7s could be exceedingly environmentally dangerous if not disposed of correctly.