Apple has partnered with GEEP Canada to scrape over half a million units of iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. But tech giant Apple later sued the recycling company for stealing more than 1,00,000 of those drives and reselling them.
In the lawsuit filed by Apple in January 2020, the company claims that GEEP Canada had stolen about 1,03,845 products that were also admitted by the recycling company. Apple in the suit said: “At least 11,766 pounds of Apple devices have left GEEP’s premises without being destroyed, a fact confirmed by GEEP itself.”
GEEP Canada filed a lawsuit in July 2020 claiming that the three employees carried out the theft without the company’s knowledge. In this regard, Apple would have replied by saying that those three employees hold executive positions in the Canadian-based recycling company.
According to a report, Apple carried 5,31,966 iPhone, 25,673 iPad and 19,277 Apple Watch at GEEP Canada between January 2015 and December 2017. During the GEEP warehouse audit, Apple found that some of the units were not reviewed. The tech giant then checked the serial numbers of all the drives it had shipped to the recycling company. It showed that 18% or 1.03,845 units of all devices were found to be active on carrier networks.
Apple said in a statement to The Verge: “Products sent for recycling are no longer suitable for sale to consumers and if they are rebuilt with counterfeit parts they could cause serious safety problems, including electrical or battery defects.”
Now, GEEP Canada is apparently looking for those “three employees” responsible for the theft so that they can pay for the damages suffered by Apple. If the tech giant wins, GEEP Canada will have to pay the company about $ 22.7 million.
In various Apple product launches, the company has always claimed to be committed to environmental conservation. Apple says: “We are committed one day to sourcing 100% recycled and renewable materials for all of our products and packaging. Because doing doesn’t have to mean taking from the planet.” iPhone 11, the company had said: “For iPhone 11, we use 35% or more recycled plastics in multiple components. ”And the same is expected for your next one iPhone 12 series phones.
Apple is committed to conserving the environment, which is why the tech giant has partnered with a recycling company that has rather stolen and resold the products.
- Apple has partnered with GEEP Canada to scrape over half a million units of iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
- Subsequently, Apple filed a lawsuit against the recycling partner for the theft and resale of 1,00,000 of those units.
- GEEP Canada, in a controversial lawsuit, claimed that the three employees carried out the theft without the company’s knowledge.