Reclaiming Precious Metals, and Possible Light Posting in the Next Few Days

Beware of light posting in the next few days, as it appears that all of us will be going hither and yon.

In the interim, there are a couple of good recent posts that deserve some further commentary. 🙂

Finally, not on our usual topics but related nonetheless, this article caught my eye the other day:

Apple harvested almost $40 million worth of gold from recycled gadgets last year, and is now deploying robots to take iPhones apart in a major environmental push.

In its latest annual environmental responsibility report, which was published last week, Apple explained that it gathered 2,204 pounds of recycled gold during its fiscal year 2015. The gold, which weighs more than a ton, is worth $39.6 million.

Apple recovered more than 63 million pounds of various materials via its “take-back” recycling initiatives in 2015, according to the company’s environmental report. The tech giant gathered over 23 million pounds of steel, making it the most recycled material, and more than 13 million pounds of plastics. Other recycled materials include glass, aluminum, copper, cobalt, nickel, lead, zinc, tin and silver.

That’s pretty neat. Be sure to watch the video clip of the robot at work.

BUT– do you know who was doing that as far back as the late 90s? One Randy Frazier of Salem, VA, and the VMI Class of 1974. Heard. From. Today. (And yesterday.)

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VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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