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Apple turns back on environment, exits EPEAT register

Karen Haslam | July 10, 2012
Federal agencies and educational institutions in the US may be no longer able to buy Apple products since Apple has decided that it will no longer put its products up for assessment by the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT).

Frisbee agreed with iFixIt's analysis the poor "disassemble-abilty" of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, thanks to the stuck in battery, would have made it ineligible for certification. He told CIO Journal: "If the battery is glued to the case it means you can't recycle the case and you can't recycle the battery."

Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu noted that it is a case of Apple putting design first. He said: "They are not trying to purposely make it hard to open, they are just trying to pack as much as they can into a small space - it's a design decision."

Apple has notified EPEAT that it is withdrawing its products from the EPEAT

EPEAT has issued a statement saying: "We regret that Apple will no longer be registering its products in EPEAT. We hope that they will decide to do so again at some point in future."

Apple's iPhone and iPad devices, are not presently certified by EPEAT.

Apple has a section on its website that contains reports on the environmental impact of its products. Apple also offers several recycling programs through its stores and website.

 

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