Phobio program keeps millions of pounds of e-waste out of landfills

Phobio, a provider of software and services that empower the retail industry, has announced that the company prevented a total of 577.9 tons of waste from entering landfills in 2017 with their device trade-in program, SafeTrade, the company said.

Phobio partners with key retailers throughout the United States to facilitate trade-ins, a process that ensures smartphones and computers are either refurbished and resold, or recycled, preventing unwanted devices from ending up in landfills.

Currently, there are 2.3 billion smartphone users worldwide and according to the Environmental Protection Agency, as many as 130 million mobile devices are discarded each year. With the number of smartphone users continuing to grow, e-waste in the US is growing at an annual rate of 8%. Additionally, the International Telecommunications Union reports that the amount of global e-waste generated in 2016 was 44.7 million metric tons and is expected to increase to 52.2 million metric tons by 2021.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Phobio offers software and services that enable retail brands to transform how they engage with customers and employees and disrupt their respective marketplace. Founded in 2010, the company´s product portfolio includes SafeTrade, an omni-channel software system that automates mobile device trade-ins, and Rodio, a workforce communication platform that closely aligns with an organization´s hierarchical structure to exchange business-critical messages. The company´s software is deployed at more than 4,500 locations, serves companies such as Apple, Samsung, Verizon and Tracfone. For more information, visit: