Recycle,Reuse & Renew

Which Rasberry Pi Models can be Recycled

Old Raspberry Pi boards can now recycle their devices and even be rewarded for it with a voucher towards their next Pi-related purchase.The devices can be sent in by their owners to be tested, reconditioned and repackaged, before they are sold again at a lower price than new boards, with a 12-month warranty. 

The initiative was announced back in July and has now officially launched, according to a new blog post published by Raspberry Pi’s Ashley Whittaker. 

Kdo Partnered With Sony

OKdo has partnered with Sony, which manufactures the majority of Raspberry Pi boards in its Technology Centre in Wales, and which is where the unused boards will be sent for refurbishment.

Any device that is sent through the scheme will be tested to original Raspberry Pi standards at Sony’s factory, according to OKdo, before it is renewed and repackaged using environmentally friendly materials. Refurbished hardware will be clearly identified as such when it is re-sold.

Boards that cannot be renewed will still be processed at the Technology Centre to minimize waste.

“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,” said Eben Upton, CEO at Raspberry Pi. “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.”

Although Sony was originally tasked to produce 10,000 boards a year, demand quickly grew and the Technology Center now manufactures more than 15,000 Pi products per day across 10 different products. The boards are as popular with school children as they are with skilled developers, which means, inevitably, that many users are likely to have older boards lying around gathering dust.

OKdo recommends that users, once they have checked that their model of Raspberry Pi can be recycled and that it is undamaged, remove the memory card, which can contain personal data and won’t be recycled.

Users can then register for the program, called OKdo Renew, to receive an email with instructions on how to print a pre-paid postage label, before sending off their device in a padded envelope.

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