First Raspberry Pi recycling scheme from Sony, Okdo

First Raspberry Pi recycling scheme from Sony, Okdo

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By Nick Flaherty

Distributor OKdo has teamed with Sony on the first official Raspberry Pi recycling scheme in the UK, with plans for it to become a global offering later in 2021.

OKdo Renew will take Raspberry Pi3b, Pi3b+ and Pi4 boards for free in return for a £10 voucher towards their next online OKdo purchase. The boards are manufactured by Sony in South Wales.

Returned boards are sent directly to the Sony Technology Centre where they were originally manufactured. They are fully tested, reconditioned and renewed using recycled packaging ready for resale across the OKdo digital platforms, at a lower price than new boards. Okdo will offer a 12-month warranty on all resold refurbished boards and make a donation to the Raspberry Pi foundation for each board sold.

This may also help to address shortages of Raspberry Pi boards:

“Over 40 million Raspberry Pi computers have been sold since 2012, and the vast majority of these remain in working order, even after their owners have upgraded to more recent versions. Managed reuse of these surplus units provides an avenue to further reduce our environmental footprint, and we welcome this exciting new initiative from OKdo and Sony,” said Eben Upton, Founder & CEO at Raspberry Pi.

“Raspberry Pi has a long-standing commitment to sustainability. Our computers consume less power than the legacy PCs they replace, and of course consume less energy, material, and labour during the manufacturing process.”

Okdo is an operating brand of global distributor Electrocomponents with a specific focus on single board computer (SBC) and IoT segments and one of several official Raspberry Pi distributors. The global connections through RS Components and Allied Electronics will also help with the broader rollout of the Raspberry Pi recycling scheme.

“We are hugely excited to have partnered with Raspberry Pi and the Sony Technology Centre to provide this unique new service for the Raspberry Pi community,” said Richard Curtin, OKdo’s SVP of Technology. “With the global population predicted to approach 9 billion people by 2030, we are using more resources than the planet can provide. Our future depends on reusing what we have in a sustainable way.”

“The scheme will aim to begin the recycling of a proportion of the 40 million Raspberry Pi’s in circulation today that are pre-loved but no longer used. This is a part of our ESG strategy and ongoing commitment to sustainability, electronic waste recycling and ‘tech for good’. Initially, this service is being rolled out across the UK, but we have plans to expand it globally by the end of 2021,” he said.

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