The first official Raspberry Pi recycling scheme in the U.K. has been initiated, and collaborators OKdo, Raspberry Pi and the Sony Technology Centre plan for the program to become a global offering later in 2021.
OKdo Renew offers the Raspberry Pi community the facility to return used Raspberry Pi3b, Pi3b+ and Pi4 boards in return for a £10 voucher toward their next online OKdo purchase.
Returned boards are sent directly to the Sony Technology Centre where they were originally manufactured. The equipment is fully tested, reconditioned and renewed using recycled packaging ready for resale across the OKdo digital platforms, at a lower price than new boards. As an added incentive, 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.
According to Eben Upton, founder and 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 labor during the manufacturing process. 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.”