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Technology Giant Apple Decide to Abandon EPEAT the 'Green' Rating System

Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) — Non-user replaceable parts hinder disassembly for recycling.

Computer giant, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has controversially walked away from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) — an environmental rating system that measures recyclability as one measure to help identify greener computers and other electronic equipment.

EPEAT has said that notification received from Apple stated that it is withdrawing its products from the EPEAT registry and will no longer be submitting its products to EPEAT for environmental rating.

One of the main reasons being cited within the industry for Apple's withdrawal is difficulties it has in meeting the recycling element of the certification.

According to a recent report by Waste Management World — "Apple products are reported as becoming increasingly integrated and its latest MacBook Pro features a battery that it not only non-user replaceable, but is actually glued to the case — making disassembly for recycling difficult."

A report by PC Advisor stated that; in explaining its decision, Apple had informed EPEAT that it is going in a different direction on products, therefore the company doesn't want to be a part of the standard any longer.

Sarah O'Brien, a spokeswoman for EPEAT is quoted as saying "it is unclear why Apple left, but that it could be because of design or structural reasons".

A statement from EPEAT on the departure said: "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."