Further to news that Apple's MacBook laptops have been awarded EPEAT eligibility, despite claims of Greenpeace that Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display is too difficult to recycle due to components such as the batter being glued in place, one expert has clarified that EPEAT placed the MacBook Pro with Retina Display in its ultrathin category, a category some might think that laptop isn't suited to.
EPEAT clarified that it had rewritten the rules for the ultrathin category to address the new form of laptop manufacture in which the body of the computer is formed from a single piece of metal or plastic. The method makes the computers more compact, but has the possibility of making them more difficult to take apart and recycle.
In an opinion piece published at Wired today iFixit's Kyle Wiens suggested that the new clarification of the EPEAT standards is "greenwashing". He also confirmed to MacRumors that the EPEAT verification testing clasified the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro as an ultrathin notebook, despite the fact that it is substantially thicker and more powerful than the MacBook Air.
Wiens, who is the co-founder and CEO of iFixit, an online repair community famous for its tear-downs of new Apple products, said: "Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro – the least repairable, least recyclable computer I have encountered in more than a decade of disassembling electronics."
"This decision demonstrates that the EPEAT standard has been watered down to an alarming degree," he wrote, describing the EPEAT decision as: "Laughably out of touch".
Wiens went on to repeat Greenpeace's claims that "It means recyclers a decade from now may be faced with a mountain of electronic waste they cannot affordably recycle".
As we reported earlier this week, Greenpeace IT analyst Casey Harrell said: "EPEAT’s announcement today to include computers with difficult-to-replace batteries in its green electronics registry will result in less recycling and more e-waste."
Back in July Apple appeared to withdraw products from the EPEAT standard amidst claims that the Retina Display MacBook Pro was too difficult to recycle due to the fact that the battery is glued in place.