Washington Post chronicles challenges of handling batteries for reuse and recycling

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Geoff Fowler, Technology columnist at the Washington Post, recently visited Cascade’s Madison, Wisconsin processing center to explore what he’s been told about the design of Apple mobile products – they are difficult to take apart for repair and recycling and their batteries are hazardous to handle.

Geoff and his crew spent a whole day at Cascade last week seeing first hand how devices with embedded batteries get processed for reuse, repair and recycling. What they observed was even a surprise to them – the amount of time and resources it takes to carefully remove glued in batteries from certain phones and tablets can easily exceed a half-hour and requires special care. Without this care, these batteries can easily be damaged and lead to “thermal events” and fires.

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