Apple has filed a $31 million lawsuit against GEEP Canada for reportedly reselling iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches instead of recycling them like they were under contract to do. According to The Logic, GEEP, which stands for Global Electric Electronic Processing, flipped more than 100,000 Apple products when it was supposed to disassemble and recycle them.
“At least 11,766 pounds of Apple devices left GEEP’s premises without being destroyed — a fact that GEEP itself confirmed,” the company's complaint alleges.
Apple discovered the issue after conducting an audit on over 500,000 iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches from 2015 to 2017, learning that 18 percent of the products — 103,845 devices — still had access to the internet via cellular data. This did not take into account devices solely using WiFi, meaning the number of gadgets that weren't recycled is likely much higher.
GEEP insists that three employees are responsible for stealing the Apple devices and reselling them, although Apple has learned that the employees in question were senior executives of the company.
The iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches GEEP was to recycle did not meet Apple's safety and/or quality standards, which is why they were to be recycled as opposed to refurbished. Apple only recycles devices that are not adequate to sell.
For more on the company's $31 million lawsuit against GEEP Canada, visit The Logic.