- Aug 14, 2006
Apple says they recycle them but what isn’t clear are the details of that. The only thing I can find is the cobalt in the batteries is recyclable but there isn’t much in there to cover the costs so Apple uses third parties to handle this. However that is just the battery and not any of the other components.Spot on. That’s the problem. I don’t count the battery cycles on my laptop because I know I can replace the battery. I look at the AirPod repairability problem from a company that prides itself on caring for the environment, and something doesn’t smell right.
The other issue is what percentage of people will throw them away when their AirPods don’t hold a charge anymore vs giving them to Apple to mitigate some of the waste?
Here is a website that has an article on the topic.Are AirPods an environmental nightmare?