Electronic waste (e-waste) is surging and is currently the fastest-growing waste stream globally.
According to the United Nations, 8 kg of e-waste per person will be produced worldwide in 2023. This means 61.3 million tonnes of e-waste discarded within a year – more than the weight of the Great Wall of China.
Only 17.4% of this waste, containing harmful substances and precious materials, is properly collected, treated, and recycled. The rest ends up in landfills, is burned, traded illegally, or hoarded in households (WEEE Forum, 2022).
It’s time for a paradigm shift!
Raising Awareness of E-Waste
Numerous initiatives have been undertaken to consistently motivate and remind us of sustainable choices that have environmental implications.
WEEE Forum and its members have initiated International E-Waste Day, celebrated every year on October 14th. This day aims to raise awareness about electronic waste and promote responsible e-waste management.
Unlocking the Value of Forgotten and Unused Smartphones
A significant potential exists to mitigate the effects of electronic waste. E-waste can be reduced by extending the lifecycle of devices, giving them a second life, and ensuring proper recycling when devices reach the end of life.
According to WEEE Forum, in 2022, out of the approximately 16 billion mobile phones owned worldwide, approximately 5.3 billion were estimated to become waste. Consumers either throw their old phones in the trash or hoard them away, even though many valuable resources can be recycled from old phones (WEEE Forum, 2022).
Deloitte estimated in that 2022, in the UK alone, seven million smartphones worth over £500 million were retained or disregarded as people upgraded to newer models (Deloitte 2022).
Unused devices represent a missed opportunity for the circular economy. These devices could be traded in, repaired, or properly recycled, benefiting consumers, businesses, and the environment alike.
Powering the Circular Economy for Mobile Devices
Piceasoft’s solutions enable businesses to create new services and business opportunities while extending the lifecycle of mobile devices.
Through Piceasoft’s solutions, our customers can offer mobile device trade-in, repair, and recycling services. Consumers, in turn, can benefit from trading their old phones, repairing them, and recycling them properly. This helps save money on new purchases, extend the lifespan of devices, and contribute to environmental sustainability by reducing electronic waste.
- Picea® Online is an all-in-one platform to offer trade-in, recycling, support, and repair services across point of sale, e-commerce, and mobile channels. With its extensive customization and market activation capabilities, it’s an ideal choice specifically for trade-in services, boosting value and trust with guaranteed and best trade-in prices.
- Picea® Services is an application that offers automatic mobile device detection, device diagnostics, data transfer, and secure erasing to increase trust in device support, repair, and trade-in services at the point of sale.
- Picea® Volume application streamlines mobile device recycling by providing automatic device detection, device diagnostics, and secure erasing in one user flow, enabling the simultaneous processing of multiple devices at recycling and warehouse facilities.
By partnering with Piceasoft, businesses are committing to not only tackle the e-waste challenge but also redefine the future of how consumers can view and handle their devices. With Piceasoft, the future looks not just cleaner but also smarter.
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Located in Tampere, Finland, and founded in 2012, Piceasoft creates new and scalable business opportunities within the mobile and consumer electronics circular economy. Our ever-expanding platform and ecosystem powers companies at all levels to offer trade-in, insurance, repair, and recycling services in less than 24 hours. Working with customers and partners in over 70 countries, our AI-driven platform provides a single solution for businesses to introduce new services and revenue streams while reducing e-waste and promoting sustainability.