The E-Waste Impact of Tablet Programs In Schools

Revenue Recovery and Recycling are Essential to Device Management Policies

By 2016, the tablet to student ratio is estimated to reach 1:1. This movement is predicted to drastically improve education, but without an end-of-life management plan in place, it could cause catastrophic harm to the environment.

There are currently 55.2 million students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade in the United States. If each student is given one device and it is replaced every three years, each student will use 4.3 devices during their 13-year education. In all, that’s 237.5 million devices being utilized by students.

Unfortunately, 60% of school technology coordinators don’t have an end-of-life management plan, according to FundingFactory. Without a plan, these devices will either collect dust in a closet or be thrown into a landfill. The result is a loss of potential revenue and an abundance of pollution in the environment.

Educational institutions that don’t sell their devices to a responsible recycler are forfeiting a huge opportunity to put money back into their budgets. If only one device per student was recycled, schools could recover approximately $331 million.

In addition to the monetary incentive, it’s necessary to recycle mobile devices in order to protect the environment and future generations. Cell phones and tablets contain toxic metals including lead, mercury and cadmium. These toxins can leak into the groundwater and cause detrimental damage to the environment if they are not properly recycled.

Meeting the predicted surge of devices in the education sector with a solid end-of-life management plan is essential to protecting the environment. To ensure you recoup the maximum value of your mobile devices and that your end-of-life devices are not sent to a landfill, develop a plan that includes partnering with an e-Stewards recycler. The e-Stewards certification is the most stringent and globally recognized standard for electronic recyclers.

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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 Activation Lock for Apple iOS 7 Devices When Selling Used iPhones and iPads to e-Cycle

When upgrading your Apple iPhone or iPad to the new iOS 7 operating system, you will notice a new Find My iPhone/iPad feature called Activation Lock. This beneficial new technology makes it more difficult for anyone to access or sell your device in the event it is lost or stolen.

Activation Lock starts working the moment you turn on the Find My iPhone application in iOS 7. While Apple’s new 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 completely sanitized.

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

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

  1. Go to the Settings app on your device
  2. Select “Privacy”
  3. Select “Location Services”
  4. Select “Find My iPhone/iPad”
  5. Toggle Find My iPhone/iPad to the “Off” position
  6. Enter Apple ID password & turn off Find My iPhone

After completing these steps, the Find My iPhone functionality will be disabled and your device will be ready to send to e-Cycle. 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.

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 at http://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
  4. Click the device name link at the top of the page
  5. Click the black “X ” next to your device
  6. Click “Remove” when prompted

If you’re not sure if you’ve installed iOS 7, go to Settings> General> About> Version. The number beside Version will start with “7” if your device is operating on iOS 7.

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 Activation Lock 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 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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Congratulations to e-Cycle Mobile Buyback and Recycling’s August Giveaway Winner

e-Cycle congratulates Erena M. from Massachusetts as the winner of a $500 American Airlines gift card for participating in our Endless Summer Getaway Giveaway last month! Thank you to all of our clients for your commitment to protecting the environment and recycling your used mobile devices with e-Cycle.

Individuals can safely sell their iPhones and other personal mobile devices in September for the chance to win a $100 Movietickets.com gift card. No entry form is required. Simply visit e-Cycle’s user-friendly online consumer buyback tool at www.e-Cycle.com to sell your used mobile phones or tablets. e-Cycle protects your sensitive information by ensuring no residual data remains on any purchased devices.

Visit our Current Promotions page for official rules or contact e-Cycle to learn more.

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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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Congratulations to the Winners of e-Cycle’s July Giveaways

e-Cycle congratulates the following winners of our July Summer Blockbuster Giveaway who each received a $100 MovieTickets.com gift card.

  • Katie L., California
  • Linda L., Arizona
  • Joseph I., Pennsylvania
  • Elizabeth P., Tennessee
  • Jolie I., California

Congratulations also go to the winners of e-Cycle’s July consumer buyback giveaway, who each received a $50 Amazon gift card.

  • Jillian C., Pennsylvania
  • Ana G., New York
  • Brandon H., Texas
  • Anne K., Washington

We thank all of our clients and customers for your commitment to protecting the environment and your sensitive data by responsibly selling and recycling your used mobile devices with e-Cycle. Visit our Current Promotions page for information on our latest giveaways.

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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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The New School is the First Northeast University Acknowledged as e-Stewards Enterprise

e-Cycle applauds The New School of New York City for being the first educational institution in the Northeast to become an e-Stewards® Enterprise. Their pledge to manage e-waste appropriately and use recyclers that are certified to the e-Stewards standards.

The e-Stewards Enterprise designation provides recognition of organizations that dispose of their electronics properly by utilizing e-Stewards certified recyclers.

The e-Stewards Standard prohibits e-waste dumping in municipal landfills and the export of e-waste to developing countries. Both of which can cause catastrophic harm to the environment and health of local residents. It also ensures worker protection and enforces strict rules for data security. The e-Stewards Standard is the only certification to encompass and strictly enforce all these essential components.

The EPA estimates that 70 to 80 percent of electronics recyclers in the U.S. either directly or indirectly sell non-functional electronic components to companies that export toxic e-waste overseas for a profit. To achieve e-Stewards certification, electronics recyclers and their downstream vendors are rigorously audited to ensure only fully-functional devices are sold for reuse and all other devices and accessories are recycled in the most environmentally responsible way possible.

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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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Everything you need to know about the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA)

The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA) was reintroduced into Congress on July 24 with bipartisan support. The legislation seeks to prohibit the exportation of untested and nonfunctional electronics to developing nations where improper disposal may create environmental, health or national security risks.

Restrictions on e-waste exports could create up to 42,000 new jobs with a total payroll of more than $1 billion, according to a study by the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling. The U.S. International Trade Committee also reported that the RERA would help increase U.S. exports and create jobs.

Electronic waste like cell phones, computers and TVs are now the fastest growing waste stream in the U.S, with more than 3.4 million tons being generated each year according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Unfortunately, it is common practice for “recyclers” like Executive Recycling to export electronics to developing countries. The Government Accountability Office reported that many developing nations do not have the resources to safely recycle and dispose of used electronics. Improper recycling can have catastrophic effects on the environment and the health of residents.

If enacted, the RERA would create a new section in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act that prohibits the export of restricted electronic waste from the U.S. to countries that are not members of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development or the European Union. Restricted electronic equipment is defined as those that are not fully functional, have not been tested or contain toxic materials at levels greater than those specified as non-hazardous by the EPA. The legislation will allow the exportation of:

  • Tested and working parts and devices for reuse
  • Processed and cleaned CRT glass being exported to a CRT glass manufacturing plant, in countries that allow it
  • Warranty repairs
  • Product recalls
  • Products containing toxins below the hazardous level

Exporting e-waste to places like China can also create national security risks. Chips from exported electronics have become a primary resource for counterfeiters, who sell them as “military grade” into the U.S. defense supply chain, according to the Electronics TakeBack Coalition.

RERA also seeks to establish a research program at the Department of Energy to study the recycling and recovery of rare Earth metals from electronics. This will help to ensure the proper collection and recycling of precious metals.

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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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e-Cycle Wireless Recycling Receives Best in Biz International Gold Award for Most Socially/Environmentally Responsible Company of the Year

e-Cycle is honored to be named the gold winner in the Most Socially/Environmentally Responsible Company of the Year category in the Best in Biz Awards 2013 International. e-Cycle also earned a silver award for Enterprise Service of the Year.

e-Cycle received these prestigious recognitions for its industry leading cell phone and tablet buyback and recycling services that are known and trusted by top enterprises and organizations throughout the world. e-Cycle is e-Stewards certified and adheres to the highest environmental and safety standards for recycling wireless devices. e-Cycle protects its clients data by utilizing rigorous, multi-step data deletion and quality assurance testing.

Winning the gold award for the Most Socially or Environmentally/Responsible Company and silver award for Enterprise Service of the Year goes to the heart of e-Cycle’s mission to provide easy, profitable and responsible solutions for our clients to secure their data, recover wireless assets and safeguard the environment.

A panel of 43 judges from 18 countries representing top-tier news, business, finance and technology publications and media outlets determined winners of Best in Biz Awards 2013 International.

Best in Biz is an independent business awards program that recognizes top companies, teams, executives and products for their business successes as judged by established members of the press and industry analysts. More than 150 public and private companies from more than 25 countries competed in Best in Biz Awards’ International’s inaugural program.

For a full list of Best in Biz Awards 2013 International gold, silver and bronze winners, visit http://intl.bestinbizawards.com/intl-2013-winners.

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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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Sell and Recycle Your Cell Phones and Tablets in August for the Chance to Win Our Endless Summer Giveaway

Summer doesn’t have to end so soon! e-Cycle is offering our clients the chance to extend their summer fun with our Endless Summer Getaway Giveaway. Any organization that sells or recycles wireless mobile devices with e-Cycle by August 31, will be entered into our random drawing to win a $500 American Airlines gift card.

Entering the giveaway is easy:

Individuals can safely sell and recycle personal mobile devices by visiting e-Cycle’s user-friendly consumer buyback tool at www.e-Cycle.com.

* Some restrictions apply. Visit our Current Promotions page or contact e-Cycle to learn more.

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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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e-Cycle’s Tips on How To Pack Cell Phones for Safe Handling When Shipping for Recycling

Ensure your package of cell phones and other electronics do not get damaged during shipping.

e-Cycle is a cell phone buyback and recycling company that provides free shipping as part of our wireless asset-recovery services. To ensure our clients understand the proper way to prepare cell phones, tablets and other wireless devices for mail delivery, we created the following video and helpful shipping tips to make certain our clients’ mobile devices are not damaged during delivery.

  1.  Do not pack more than 50 wireless devices per box. Boxes weighing over 40 pounds have an increased risk of damage during transit and create a safety issue for package handlers. This includes cell phones, tablets, phone chargers and other accessories.
  2. Do not use a box larger than a copy paper box. Large boxes make it difficult for package handlers to maneuver and carry the electronics shipment, increasing the possibility of your package and mobile phones and tablets being damaged during shipping.
  3. Use newspaper or other soft packing materials to protect your wireless devices. Surrounding your mobile devices with soft packing material creates a shock absorber in case your package is dropped or roughly handled during transit.
  4. Tape all box seams and then tape cross-wise. Tapping seams will secure your box and keep it from ripping during transit.
  5. Loose cell phone batteries must be individually wrapped or have covered terminals. A fire can occur if the terminals of loose batteries rub together and create a spark. For safety reasons, it is important to tape these terminals or put them in individual zip lock bags.

Following these five steps will keep your wireless devices and the confidential information they store secure during shipping. For more information on e-Cycle’s mobile recycling services and data security practices, visit e-Cycle.com.

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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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