e-Cycle Wireless Buyback and Recycling Celebrates 10th Anniversary

e-Cycle LLC, the leading provider of wireless asset recovery, data security and recycling solutions for businesses and government agencies, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Founded in April 2005, by Christopher and Tonia Irion, e-Cycle offers organizations turnkey programs to purchase their old smartphones and tablets for reuse or recycling, wipe the data and put money back into their budget or donate to charity.

“We are extremely honored to be celebrating this significant milestone,” said Christopher Irion, e-Cycle CEO. “Our success over the past decade is attributed to two things: First, our clients and their commitment to protecting the environment and their sensitive data through responsible recycling of wireless devices. Second, our employees who continually seek ways to optimize our processes in every area of the business to better serve our clients and bring the company to a new level.”

In 2005, e-Cycle began with only three employees in the basement of the Irion’s private home and has since grown to an organization that employs more than 80 people and has two locations in the Central Ohio area. e-Cycle has expanded its wireless buyback and recycling services internationally into North America, South America, Europe and the Asia Pacific. In March 2015, e-Cycle experienced its strongest month in company history, with business exceeding the company’s first three years combined.

The Irions established e-Cycle on three guiding passions: a love of technology, the environment and charitable giving. Since 2005, e-Cycle has contributed more than $1 million to charities as a company and on behalf of its clients, solely through mobile phone recycling, and kept close to 1 million pounds of toxic electronic waste out of landfills.

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e-Cycle is the trusted wireless partner for many of the largest organizations in the world. As the first mobile recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification, we adhere to the highest standards for environmental responsibility and worker health and safety. e-Cycle offers a simple, secure, environmentally responsible and profitable way for businesses to sell and recycle used mobile phones and tablets. Learn more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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Vote for e-Cycle and help us win a $25,000 grant in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

e-Cycle is requesting your help in voting for us in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest and the chance to win $25,000 to invest in growing and improving our wireless buyback and recycling operations.

You can vote once per day on each social network (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram) from now until March 17. Voting is easy and will only take a few seconds of your time. Thank you in advance for your support!

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e-Cycle is the trusted wireless partner for many of the largest organizations in the world. As the first mobile recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification, we adhere to the highest standards for environmental responsibility and worker health and safety. e-Cycle offers a simple, secure, environmentally responsible and profitable way for businesses to sell and recycle used mobile phones and tablets. Learn more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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How To: Deactivate Find My iPhone or iPad Security Feature for Apple Devices Running iOS 8 When Selling Used iPhones and iPads to e-Cycle

The Find My iPhone/iPad service is available on all Apple devices running iOS 8 as part of iCloud. This beneficial technology makes it more difficult for anyone to access or sell your device in the event it is lost or stolen. While Apple’s security feature is a helpful data security measure, it also prevents e-Cycle’s security team from accessing the device to ensure your private data has been thoroughly sanitized.

To avoid lengthy delays in processing and possible forfeiture of payment, this security feature must be deactivated on your iPhones and iPads prior to shipping them to e-Cycle.

If you’re not sure if you’ve installed iOS 8, go to Settings> General> About> Version. The number beside Version will start with “8.”

Please follow the simple steps below to deactivate the Find My iPhone/iPad security feature or watch the embedded video:

  1. Go to the Settings app on your device
  2. Select “iCloud”
  3. Scroll down to “Find My iPhone/iPad” and toggle the button to the “Off” position
  4. Enter Apple ID password and turn off Find My iPhone

How to Deactivate Find My iPhone Security Lock on Apple iOS 8 Devices from e-Cycle LLC. on Vimeo.

It’s important to never remotely wipe, lock or mark your device as lost or stolen using iTunes or iCloud when sending it to e-Cycle because it will reactivate the lock.

After completing these steps, the Find My iPhone functionality will be disabled and your device will be ready to send to e-Cycle. You can also visit www.iCloud.com/activationlock to check your device’s activation lock status and confirm it has been properly deactivated. Upon entering your device’s IMEI or Serial Number (you can find instructions on where to find this information here), the Activation Lock should read “Off.”

If you have already sent your iOS devices to e-Cycle, you can disable the Find My iPhone  lock through iCloud by following these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Apple iCloud account: www.iCloud.com/#find
  2. Click the “All Devices” link at the top of the page
  3. Click on the device you would like to deactivate (the device may appear as “Offline”)
  4. Click “Remove from Account” at the bottom of the page
  5. Click “Remove” when prompted
  6. Your device can now be processed by e-Cycle

Be certain to take the steps above so you are eligible to receive buyback dollars for your Apple iPhone and iPad devices. Failure to deactivate the Find my iPhone/iPad security feature on Apple devices will result in a considerable delay in processing and may result in forfeiture of payment for your device.

For more information or support, please contact the e-Cycle support team at GoGreen@e-Cycle.com or 1.855.329.2536 (855.ECYCLE.NOW).

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e-Cycle Launches Nationwide Campaign to Reuse and Recycle for Autism Speaks

e-Cycle, the leading wireless buyback and recycling company, has partnered with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, to launch Reuse and Recycle for Autism Speaks, a philanthropic wireless recycling campaign. The campaign begins April 1, during Autism Awareness Month, and will run through June 30, 2014. As part of the initiative, e-Cycle is asking businesses and organizations to donate their mobile phone buyback revenue to Autism Speaks through the e-Cycle Foundation.

Organizations may also donate used iPads through the campaign. Donated iPads will be wiped of all data using e-Cycle’s rigorous data security processes to be repurposed for Autism Speaks initiatives. iPads have proven to be an especially useful tool for improving communication, motor, and cognitive skills for individuals living with autism. They are portable, customizable, and the touchscreen is more accessible for children who have learning or coordination difficulties.

e-Cycle is kicking off its campaign by donating iPads to Nationwide Children’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, a member of Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network. In addition, e-Cycle will maximize the amount of money raised for Autism Speaks through wireless buyback by contributing an additional $2 for every device received through the campaign between April 1 and June 30.

“Through our partnership with Autism Speaks, we’re providing businesses and organizations a means to make a difference on multiple levels,” said Tonia Irion, e-Cycle President. “They not only have the opportunity to protect the environment by recycling their enterprise wireless devices, but they also can support efforts to improve the lives of those on the autistic spectrum.”

“Autism Speaks is excited to join in this new partnership with e-Cycle as we kick off Autism Awareness Month in April,” said Alec M. Elbert, Autism Speaks’ chief strategy and development officer. “The donation of iPads has become one of our most popular and effective programs because of their value as a communication tool for kids and adults with autism.”

During the campaign, the e-Cycle Foundation will coordinate the tax-deductible mobile buyback donations for e-Cycle’s clients and write a check directly to Autism Speaks on their behalf.

To participate in Reuse and Recycle for Autism Speaks or to learn more, visit http://www.e-Cycle.com/AutismSpeaks.   

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science, awareness and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Visit www.autismspeaks.org for more information.

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e-Cycle is the trusted wireless partner for many of the largest organizations in the world. As the first mobile recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification, we adhere to the highest standards for environmental responsibility and worker health and safety. e-Cycle offers a simple, secure, environmentally responsible and profitable way for businesses to sell and recycle used mobile phones and tablets. Learn more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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e-Cycle is the trusted wireless partner for many of the largest organizations in the world. As the first mobile recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification, we adhere to the highest standards for environmental responsibility and worker health and safety. e-Cycle offers a simple, secure, environmentally responsible and profitable way for businesses and consumers to sell and recycle used mobile phones and tablets. Learn more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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Inc. Magazine’s Hire Power Awards Recognize e-Cycle for Job Creation

e-Cycle was ranked the #3 Environmental Services Company in Inc. Magazine’s second annual Hire Power Awards for contributing to job creation in the United States.

In the past three years, e-Cycle experienced growth of 622 percent and generated 32 new jobs, placing it among the top 15 job creators in Ohio for the second consecutive year.

“We are honored to be recognized as a top job creator, as it demonstrates our commitment to delivering value to our clients and employees,” said e-Cycle CEO Christopher Irion. “This award serves as a testament to the growing need for mobile recycling and asset recovery, as well as the hard work and commitment our team embodies.”

Only 222,000 full-time U.S. jobs were added in 2012, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics. Inc. magazine’s Hire Power Award honorees created almost 70,000 of those positions.

“For the second year in a row, we are pleased to recognize the employers who are putting Americans back to work,” says Eric Schurenberg, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. “The Hire Power Awards are the only awards that single out job creators. We think it’s fitting to pay tribute to company founders not just for their business prowess but also for their immense contribution to the welfare of U.S. workers and the vitality of the U.S. economy.”

e-Cycle is among 437 Hire Power Awards honorees located across the country and in 25 industries. To be eligible, companies must be U.S.-based, privately owned, have been founded in 2011 or earlier and have employed at least 10 full-time employees as of December 31, 2012.

An award ceremony, sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will take place on November 12, 2013, in San Francisco. A complete list of winners can be found at www.inc.com/hire-power.

To view e-Cycle’s Inc. company profile, visit www.inc.com/profile/e-Cycle.

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e-Cycle is the trusted wireless partner for many of the largest organizations in the world. As the first mobile recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification, we adhere to the highest standards for environmental responsibility and worker health and safety. e-Cycle offers a simple, secure, environmentally responsible and profitable way for businesses to sell and recycle used mobile phones and tablets. Learn more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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e-Cycle Expands Operations and Service Offerings in Response to iPhone 5s, 5c and iPad Announcements

Christopher Irion, e-Cycle Founder and CEO, announced that he is expanding e-Cycle’s operations department and service offerings due to an influx of businesses seeking to sell and recycle their used mobile devices. Irion attributes this increase to the recent launch of the new Apple iPhone 5s, 5c and iPad models.

e-Cycle has experienced a more than 300 percent increase in wireless buyback quote requests since the launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c, allowing its operations team to grow in conjunction.

According to Irion, factory resets and remote wiping technologies do not delete all the confidential information stored in mobile devices. Private data such as telephone numbers, pins, emails and photographs often remain in hidden menus.

A large percentage of mobile devices that arrive at the e-Cycle facility still contain sensitive data, even after they were reported to have been wiped prior to shipping. Of the devices received at the facility, e-Cycle’s data security department reports that:

  • 2% have active phone lines – resulting in data security risks and unnecessary carrier charges
  • 55% of devices have SIM cards that contain sensitive information
  • 1 in 5 devices have SD memory cards with access to private files

“e-Cycle employs advanced technologies and multi-step, proprietary data removal processes that not only restores the device to original factory settings, but also manually deletes or overwrites any data that might remain,” said Irion. “Every device we purchase is also subjected to stringent quality assurance testing. We hire third-party, forensic auditors on a quarterly basis to test random samples of our phones and validate our data removal processes.”

If a device cannot be reused in the marketplace or has functionality flaws that prevent removal of data, the device is shredded onsite and recycled responsibly.

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e-Cycle is the trusted wireless partner for many of the largest organizations in the world. As the first mobile recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification, we adhere to the highest standards for environmental responsibility and worker health and safety. e-Cycle offers a simple, secure, environmentally responsible and profitable way for businesses to sell and recycle used mobile phones and tablets. Learn more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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e-Cycle Supports JDRF and Recognizes T1D Day

e-Cycle, a proud supporter of JDRF, recognizes T1D Day in hopes of creating awareness and ultimately finding a cure. T1D is an autoimmune disease unrelated to diet and exercise that causes a life filled with carb counting, blood testing and insulin dosing. There are no days off with T1D.

JDRF is the only organization with a strategic plan to cure T1D. The organization has put $500 million into research and is currently conducting 52 human clinical trials.

e-Cycle is honored to be able to support these efforts. Last month, e-Cycle raised $2,632 internally to assist in finding a cure for T1D. e-Cycle has also helped their clients turn revenues generated from cell phone recycling into charitable donations to JDRF and other nonprofits through the e-Cycle Foundation.

Help JDRF as they turn type one into type none by donating the proceeds generated from recycling your mobile devices! For more information on this process, contact e-Cycle at gogreen@e-Cycle.com.

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e-Cycle is the trusted wireless partner for many of the largest organizations in the world. As the first mobile recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification, we adhere to the highest standards for environmental responsibility and worker health and safety. e-Cycle offers a simple, secure, environmentally responsible and profitable way for businesses to sell and recycle used mobile phones and tablets. Learn more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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e-Cycle Ranked 8th Fastest Growing Company in Central Ohio by Columbus Business First

e-Cycle was named the 8th fastest growing, privately held company in central Ohio in Columbus Business First’s annual Fast 50 list due to its rapid growth and job creation. This is the fourth consecutive year e-Cycle has achieved a Fast 50 ranking and its third year ranking in the top 10.

e-Cycle, a leading provider of wireless asset recovery, data protection and recycling, was named to the list after achieving 622 percent growth and adding more than 75 jobs throughout the U.S. over the past three years. e-Cycle was also recently ranked the #5 fastest growing environmental services companies in the U.S. in the Inc. 500|5000 list.

“It is an honor to be recognized alongside these outstanding businesses in central Ohio,” said Christopher Irion, founder and CEO of e-Cycle. “Making the list for the fourth time can be attributed to our hardworking, passionate team that continues to find new ways to better serve our clients. We look forward to recruiting more top talent as we continue to grow in 2014.”

Columbus Business First is the business news and information authority in central Ohio that recognizes top companies based on their growth and performance over the past three years. The 2013 Fast 50 list was revealed at the 18th Annual Fast 50 Luncheon and Awards ceremony on October 10. All nominees must be headquartered in central Ohio, privately held and for-profit companies that have accrued at least $1 million in revenue per year over the last three years.

Visit e-Cycle’s Certifications and Awards page to learn more.

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e-Cycle is the trusted wireless partner for many of the largest organizations in the world. As the first mobile recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification, we adhere to the highest standards for environmental responsibility and worker health and safety. e-Cycle offers a simple, secure, environmentally responsible and profitable way for businesses to sell and recycle used mobile phones and tablets. Learn more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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e-Cycle Donates More Than $87,000 for Levine Children’s Hospital Through Cell Phone Recycling

Partnering with a prominent national financial institution, the e-Cycle Foundation raised more than $112,000 for the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Levine Children’s Hospital from proceeds generated from cell phone recycling and the Sweet Baby Caroline (SBC) Golf Outing. The SBC golf outing, presented by e-Cycle, was held on October 3, 2013, at The Golf Club at Ballantyne in Charlotte, N.C.

On behalf of the financial institution, the e-Cycle Foundation donated more than $87,000 to Levine’s Children’s Hospital from revenues generated solely from e-Cycle’s cell phone buyback program. The additional donation dollars were raised from the SBC charity golf outing.

The golf outing is held each year in memory of Caroline Jackson, who was born with a complex congenital heart defect and tragically lost her fight after 103 days in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. The event aims to help children like Caroline battle heart defects.

“The money raised from this event will help save the lives of children today, tomorrow and in the future,” said Michael Jackson, father of Caroline.

The event featured a golf ball drop, in which 345 golf balls where dropped from a helicopter onto a green. Donna Swicegood, e-Cycle Account Manager, won the drop by purchasing the ball that landed closest to the hole. She donated half of her prize money, allowing proceeds of $4,837.50 to be given to the hospital.

“The decision to give back was easy. There was so much generosity from everyone, it was an automatic decision,” explained Donna.

The e-Cycle Foundation was established to provide businesses an innovative way to enhance their corporate giving. Through the Foundation, businesses are able to make tax-deductible donations from the revenue acquired through wireless buyback and recycling.

“Many of our mobile recycling clients are trying to find new ways to give back to their community,” said Tonia Irion, e-Cycle founder and president. “The e-Cycle Foundation meets their needs by them to raise money for charities through wireless recycling buyback dollars while protecting the environment and their bottom line.”

For several years, e-Cycle has sponsored the golf outing and donated to the Levine Children’s Hospital through wireless recycling revenue. The hospital houses over 30 pediatric specialties and has received national recognition from U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”

To learn more about charitable donations from cell phone recycling revenues and the e-Cycle Foundation, visit www.e-Cycle.com/foundation.

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e-Cycle is the trusted wireless partner for many of the largest organizations in the world. As the first mobile recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification, we adhere to the highest standards for environmental responsibility and worker health and safety. e-Cycle offers a simple, secure, environmentally responsible and profitable way for businesses to sell and recycle used mobile phones and tablets. Learn more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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Congratulations to the Winner of e-Cycle’s September Consumer Mobile Buyback Promotion!

e-Cycle congratulates Janet K. from South Carolina as the winner of a $100 Movietickets.com gift card for selling her used mobile device through e-Cycle’s consumer mobile buyback website last month! Thank you to all of our customers for your commitment to protecting the environment and recycling your used mobile devices with e-Cycle.

Are you upgrading to the Apple iPhone 5s or 5c? e-Cycle provides businesses and consumers a secure and profitable way to sell used iPhones, iPads and other wireless devices, while ensuring your mobile data is protected. e-Cycle’s simple buyback program offers high prices, free shipping, data deletion and fast payments that put money back into your pocket to greatly offset the cost of purchasing the new Apple iPhone 5s or 5c.

Sell your iPhone for up to $310, sell your Android for up to $210 or sell your BlackBerry for up to $100 (based on October 2013 pricing).

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e-Cycle is the trusted wireless mobile buyback and recycling partner for many of the largest organizations in the world. As the first mobile recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification, we adhere to the highest standards for environmental responsibility and worker health and safety. e-Cycle offers a simple, secure, environmentally responsible and profitable way for businesses to sell and recycle used mobile phones and tablets. Learn more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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