It’s no secret the PC is rapidly falling behind smartphones and tablets. So much in fact that shipments declined by a record 10 percent in 2013 alone!

What draws consumers away from the PC?

While the ‘phone’ aspect of the smartphone is not the most frequently used feature, consumers desire the small, compact style of post-PC mobile devices. Consumers use their smartphones and tablets for two main purposes, it seems:

  • Internet browsing
  • Social media


Every era has its end and the PC is no different. However, this obsolete piece of equipment leaves behind a monstrous sized footprint.

PCs looming in warehouses awaiting disposal are likely destined to be thrown into the e-waste stream.

The EPA reported the U.S. collects and recycles about 27 percent of its disposed electronics. By carelessly tossing over 130 million cell phones every year and recycling a mere 11 percent, each U.S. household now spends around $1,200 each year on new electronics gadgets, all of which will be disposed of in a few years time.

By the year 2017, the Earth will feel the weight of as much as eight additional Egyptian Pyramids, leaving the burden to ITAD providers to clean up the mess.

Toxic heavy metals found in electronics are not meant to be tossed away in landfills or incinerators, as they cause detrimental harm to the environment and its people. When recycled by an R2-certified ITAD provider, these valuable and precious metals, including gold, aluminum and copper, can be separated and reused. This ultimately reduces the need for excess mining and saves the Earth from harmful holes in the ground.

About HOBI International

HOBI International, Inc. is a leading IT asset management and electronics recycling company serving Fortune 1000 clients. HOBI’s IT services group focuses on corporate IT, data and telecommunications infrastructure, providing resale and re-marketing, data erasure and data destruction, recycling, environmental and compliance reporting, de-installation services, and logistics management. HOBI’s Mobile Device services group focuses on the resale and recycling of cellular assets. Our client list includes 3 of the 4 national wireless operators in the US and 4 major device OEMs, and many recycling partners that trust us to maximize the value of their cellular assets while protecting sensitive corporate or client data. An R2 and ISO14001 certified firm, HOBI leads the electronics recycling industry in best practices for recycling and commodities recovery. Learn more at