Mobile Devices and the E-Waste Crisis

Mobile devices have undoubtedly transformed our lives—and business operations—for the better. From mobile phones and tablets, to barcode scanners and RFID, they’ve made us faster, better connected, and more informed. However, the rapid pace of technological advancement has a hidden cost that often goes unnoticed: electronic waste, or e-waste.

The rise of mobile devices

As early adopters of new technology, especially mobile technology, we appreciate how mobile devices have revolutionized the way we communicate, work, and access information. So we’re the first to raise our hand and admit that when new models are released that boast enhanced features and capabilities, our business is eager to upgrade to stay on the cutting edge of technology and enhance PiiComm’s operational excellence, as well as those of our customers.


However, the end result is that the lifespan of mobile devices has shortened significantly, leading to a surge in electronic waste, or ‘e-waste’, generation. In Canada alone, e-waste has more than tripled in the last two decades and by 2030, it’s expected that Canadians will produce 1.2 million tonnes annually. Yes, annually.

The e-waste challenge

This rising increase in e-waste poses several significant concerns and consequences, impacting both the environment and human health. These challenges include:

The role of Canadian businesses

Addressing this growing problem will require concerted efforts to promote responsible consumption, recycling, and sustainable management of electronic devices. Here are a few steps that Canadian businesses, PiiComm included, can take to minimize their environmental footprint.

Together, our conscious efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle our mobile devices can ensure that future generations inherit a cleaner and healthier planet. At PiiComm, we’re seeing the rising growth in e-waste as a call to arms. We plan on getting a lot more involved in this issue and we’ll also try to do our part in terms of raising awareness amongst the Canadian business community. I hope you’ll join us.