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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Is Your Business Adopting the New Apple iPhone 5s or 5c? Eight Tips Choosing a Buyback Partner When Selling Your Mobile Phones

What happens to your mobile devices when it’s time to upgrade to a newer device like the Apple iPhone 5s or 5c? Retired mobile phones retain confidential information even after restoring the factory settings. Choosing a trusted asset recovery, data protection and recycling partner for your organization is critical.

Tips for maintaining a sustainable, secure and profitable Apple iPhone reuse and recycling program:

1. Know EVERYTHING about your buyback and recycling partner. Investigate every aspect your recycler’s process. Make certain their downstream partners are also conducting their business practices in an environmentally responsible manner.

2. Do not completely trust your employees or third-party software with data deletion. Our operations department found that 27% of devices received from clients who had pre-wiped their mobile phones still contained sensitive information. Be certain your iPhone buyback company has rigorous processes in place to permanently remove the data on every device and quality assurance testing.

3. Read the FINE PRINT in regards to data wiping and security. There are multiple iPhone buyback and recycling companies claiming “complete data deletion and protection.” However, if you take the time to read their terms and conditions, most will state that it is the responsibility of the customer to delete their own data. Work with a company that understands iPhone specific data wiping processes, has quality assurance practices and high-security facilities.

4. Be skeptical of extremely high buyback pricing. Research what deductions are taken for minor cosmetic flaws. Since many buyback companies resell on eBay, they take significant price reductions for even the smallest cosmetic flaws after quoting a higher price. Try to find a company that will grade only on the operability of the iPhone.

5. Be sure your active lines are canceled. Of the thousands of wireless devices tested by e-Cycle’s data security department, approximately 2% still have active phone lines. Not only is this a security risk, it often results in substantial and unnecessary carrier service charges. Be sure your wireless recycling company tests for active lines.

6. A “destroy only” policy is bad for the environment and your bottom line. Extending the use of an iPhone from 18 months to four years saves 20% more energy than recycling alone. Data security is a serious issue, but a destroy-only policy harms the environment and the opportunity to reclaim revenues that can be used to greatly offset the cost of upgrading to the newest mobile technologies.

7. Make certain your logistics are in place. Be certain that your employees understand the importance of mobile recycling as part of your green initiatives. Work with a recycling partner that can offer personal support to assist your team in maintaining a successful program.

8. Measure your environmental impact. Work with a recycling company that will help your organization measure its positive impact on the environment through your recycling efforts. By measuring and reporting your positive impact on your community, you’ll have the information that you need to report and celebrate the successes of your sustainability initiatives.

In summary, wireless phones that are not properly retired may expose confidential data when they are resold on the secondary market. Every organization should have an official asset recovery and recycling plan in place to ensure the greatest return on their telecom investment, while protecting the environment and their sensitive information.

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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 Your iPhones to e-Cycle for the Highest Pricing and to Protect Your Private Mobile Data

Are you upgrading to the Apple iPhone 5s or 5c? e-Cycle, the most trusted iPhone mobile buyback and recycling company, provides businesses a secure and profitable way to sell used iPhones while ensuring their mobile data is eradicated from the devices.

When selling used iPhones or other mobile devices, it is crucial for businesses and consumers to make certain sensitive data on their mobile phones is properly wiped. Factory resets are unreliable and can leave information behind in hidden menus, including phone numbers, e-mails, photographs, addresses, pins and other confidential information. e-Cycle employs a combination of rigorous, multi-step data sanitation procedures and quality assurance checks to ensure we provide the best data protection in the industry.

e-Cycle’s simple iPhone buyback program offers high prices, free shipping and fast payments that put money back into your pocket to greatly offset the cost of purchasing the new Apple iPhone 5s or 5c. e-Cycle purchases more than 400 types of mobile phones and tablets and is a trusted partner to the largest global businesses and government agencies in the world.

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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 Apple iPhone Buyback Program Provides the Best Option to Recycle Used Devices

With Apple’s launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, several trade-in programs have become available in the marketplace that will allow you to trade-in or recycle your old iPhone to purchase the new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c at a discounted price. But are these trade-in and recycling programs really the best deal? It is important to carefully research each iPhone trade-in and recycling program to ensure it is a good fit.

e-Cycle’s iPhone / Mobile Phone Buyback Program May be the Best Option for You

  • Higher pricing: e-Cycle offers up to $350 for iPhone devices. e-Cycle buys more than 400 mobile phones and tablets for top dollar.
  • Spending freedom: e-Cycle pays you by check, not store credit like most trade-in programs. You can choose where and when you want to spend the money you earn from selling your old iPhone or other mobile phone.
  • No strings attached: Many trade-in programs require you to be eligible for an upgrade or sign a new wireless carrier contract to get cash back. Take time to get comfortable with your new iPhone before selling your used iPhone for cash.
  • Fast and simple process: Why go to the store to trade-in your used mobile phones and tablets when you can quickly and easily send your iPhone from the comfort of your home? e-Cycle’s buyback program provides you with free shipping and fast payments.
  • Payments based on functionality, not cosmetics: Trade-in programs often grade devices and will pay you less than the online quoted price based on minor cosmetic flaws such as dings and scratches. e-Cycle pays you for your iPhones and other mobile phones based on functionality, not minor signs of wear.
  • Protect the environment: By selling your used iPhone or other mobile phones through e-Cycle’s e-Stewards certified buyback program you are extending the life of the device which greatly saves energy and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • All mobile phones accepted: Even if you do not have an iPhone, e-Cycle buys several types of mobile phones and tablets, including Android, BlackBerry and Windows phones.
  • Donate: e-Cycle gives you the option to donate your mobile buyback dollars through the e-Cycle Foundation. All donations are tax-deductible.

All trade-in and recycling programs offer their own benefits, but it’s important to research the best recycling program for your needs, while ensuring their private data and the environment are protected.

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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 Supports the “It Can Wait” Campaign to Prevent Texting and Driving

e-Cycle is joining the It Can Wait movement to end texting and driving by encouraging all of our employees and clients to participate in Drive 4 Pledges Day on September 19, 2013.

Join the 1.8 million people that have committed to never text and drive through ItCanWait.com on Drive 4 Pledges Day. Then share your commitment to inspire others to do the same. If you believe texting and driving isn’t an issue, learn about the dangers and consequences first hand by trying the texting and driving simulator online or at an It Can Wait event.

The Facts

Sending or looking at a text, tweet, post or email from behind the wheel can be deadly. Unfortunately, the number of people texting and driving is high even though hands-free and educational resources are readily available. Recent studies have found that:

  • Commuters are the biggest offenders, with 49 percent admitting to texting while driving.
  • 98 percent of the population knows sending texts while driving is not safe, yet 50 percent of drivers do it anyway.
  • 40 percent of drivers who text while driving call it a habit.
  • Those who text while driving are 23 times more likely to crash.
  • More than 100,000 crashes each year involve drivers that are texting.
  • Teens, on average, text five times more a day than a typical adult.
  • 75% of teens say texting and driving is “common” among their friends.

Tips for breaking the habit

It Can Wait put together the following tips to help you stay true to your pledge and break your dangerous texting and driving habit:

  • Download the AT&T Drive Mode App– This mobile app will automatically reply to incoming messages with a customizable text to let people know you are driving and will respond later.
  • Assign a Designated Texter – Let your passengers respond to incoming texts for you.
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind – Put your phone on silent mode or in a place you can’t reach while in the car.
  • Listen to music – Create a playlist or listen to the radio.
  • Call, don’t text – Use Bluetooth features to safely make urgent calls.
  • Speak up – If you see someone texting while driving, ask them to stop.

The Drive 4 Pledges Day is a nationwide effort, first launched by AT&T in 2009 that focuses on educating people about the dangers of texting and driving. Other carriers have since joined the movement, including Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.

Together, we can all have a part in making sure that no more lives are lost. No message is so urgent that it is worth diverting attention from the road and risking lives in the process. It Can Wait.

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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 or Recycle Your Phones and Tablets with e-Cycle in April for the Chance to Win a $500 Amazon Gift Card

Celebrate Earth Day by responsibly selling or recycling your organization’s used mobile phones and tablets through e-Cycle between now and April 30, 2013 and be entered into a random drawing to win one $500 Amazon gift card.

Entering the giveaway is easy:

The EPA estimates that 150 million, or four per second, used wireless devices end up in U.S. landfills each year and that e-waste is responsible for 70 percent of the toxic substances in our landfills today. The lead leached from one cell phone’s lithium ion battery in a landfill can contaminate up to 40,000 gallons of water. e-Cycle helps businesses and organizations take a more responsible, secure and cost effective approach to wireless recycling. e-Cycle collects used cell phones and tablets from businesses and major organizations, reimbursing them for mobile devices that retain value and recycling others at no charge. The private data stored on these devices is permanently removed through the industry’s most rigorous data deletion process.

In January 2012, e-Cycle became the first mobile phone buyback and recycling company in the world to become e-Stewards Certified. e-Stewards is the globally recognized certification that e-Cycle consistently upholds the highest standards for responsible recycling and reuse of electronic equipment, worker safety and data security. e-Cycle maintains a strict zero landfill policy. For more information on responsible wireless recycling, visit www.e-Cycle.com.

*No selling or recycling of devices is necessary to enter. Some restrictions apply. Visit our Current Promotions page or contact e-Cycle to learn more.

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Tips for Businesses to Safely Sell their Used Apple iPhones® and iPads® When Upgrading to the New Apple iPhone 5 | e-Cycle

As businesses and organizations upgrade to the new Apple iPhone 5 or iPad, everyday thousands of used mobile devices will be replaced. What happens to these outdated iPhones and iPads? Many will end up collecting dust in desk drawers, storage closets or even worse, local landfills. However, these used devices still retain a significant portion of their original value, even after 18 to 24 months of use. Wireless asset recovery and recycling companies purchase these used iPhones from businesses to help them greatly offset the cost of upgrading to the latest iOS technologies. In addition, certified mobile buyback companies protect the sensitive business data contained on these devices and ensure the hazardous chemicals inside do not end up in landfills.

Choosing the right iPhone buyback and recycling company is an important business decision that should not be taken lightly and there are several factors that organizations should consider when selling their used iPhones.

1. Don’t be a victim of bait-and-switch iPhone or iPad pricing.  Make sure the company doesn’t grade on the condition of your device.
When selling used enterprise iPhones and iPads, businesses should be skeptical of iPhone asset recovery companies offering extremely high buyback pricing. Research the pricing deductions and find out if payments are reduced for cosmetic flaws. Many consumer-driven buyback companies sell used iPhones on eBay and take substantial price reductions for scratches, cracks in the housing, scuff marks, water-damage indicators and other aesthetic flaws on the device. e-Cycle purchases used Apple iPhones and iPads based solely on the functionality of the device.

2. Read the terms and conditions and ensure your mobile recycling company takes responsibility for complete data removal. 
Many iPhone buyback and recycling companies claim “complete mobile data deletion and protection,”however, the fine print in their terms and conditions will state that they take no responsibility for deleting the private data contained on the devices. Be sure to sell your iPhone to a certified company that guarantees specific mobile data wiping processes, quality assurance practices, facility security, employee screening policies and liability insurance. e-Cycle provides the industry’s highest standards and practices for deleting and protecting your private mobile data.

3. Make sure they offer free recycling of broken iPhones and other used cell phones and that they are e-Stewards® certified. 
Before selling used iPhones and iPads, businesses need to investigate every aspect of data security and recycling processes of their recycling partners. Certified cell phone recyclers should conduct business in an environmentally responsible manner and offer transparent business practices to their clients, partners and the community. When shipping phones, batteries and accessories to downstream vendors, these partners will maintain similar green processes. Partnering with an e-Stewards Certified mobile buyback and recycling company ensures your recycler maintains the highest standards for environmental responsibility, worker safety and data security. e-Cycle is the first mobile buyback and recycling company to achieve e-Stewards Certification. Maintaining a zero landfill policy, e-Cycle offers free iPhone cell phone recycling for any device that is nonfunctional or does not have resale value.

When selling used iPhones, businesses should not make decisions based exclusively on price. If not properly processed, the private company data contained on these devices could be exposed. Companies need to implement a strategic and secure method for recycling outdated iPhones and iPads that will not only protect their telecom budgets but also their sensitive information. e-Cycle offers the safest way for businesses to sell their used iPhones and upgrade the new Apple iPhone 5. Helping organizations take a more responsible, secure and profitable approach to wireless mobile phone recycling, e-Cycle buys used iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices from businesses, reimbursing them for devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge. The information on every phone is either deleted or destroyed using the industry’s most rigorous data security measures. To find out more about e-Cycle’s iPhone buyback process, view our video http://vimeo.com/49853112 or visit www.e-Cycle.com to sell your iPhone.

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Be Sure You Protect Your Data Before You Sell Your Used Apple iPhone to Offset the Cost of Buying the New Apple iPhone 5 | e-Cycle

With Apple’s September 12 announcement of its faster, lighter and thinner iPhone 5, many businesses are expected to upgrade their fleet of corporate mobile devices. But when it is time to upgrade to a newer technology, one of the biggest problems organizations will face is what to do with their used mobile devices.

These devices that were once so critical to the workforce are quickly cast aside as obsolete. This happens to thousands of mobile phones every day. However, nearly 100 percent of Apple devices still retain a significant resale value, even after 24 to 36 months of use, and can be reused in developing countries overseas where the technologies are highly valued and desperately needed.

In fact, organizations can recoup 75 to 90 percent of their initial investment in their Apple technologies by implementing a timely and responsible mobile reuse and recycling program. Mobile buyback revenues equate to tens-of-thousands of dollars for e-Cycle’s enterprise clients annually.

There is one more important thing for businesses to consider when reselling and recycling used mobile devices, and that is data security. Organizations should not base their mobile recycling decision solely on price and hand over their outdated devices to just anybody. Data security does not end when a phone is retired. Mobile devices are archives of confidential data and if a device is discarded, donated or reused improperly, private data can be accessed. Often, sensitive information remains even after the phone has been brought back to factory settings.

Be certain your mobile buyback company has rigorous processes in place to permanently remove the data on every device, as well as secondary quality assurance testing. If you depend solely upon individual employees to clear data on the devices, you are taking a serious risk of your sensitive corporate information ending up in the wrong hands.

A recent audit from e-Cycle’s internal operations department found that 27% of devices from enterprise clients who claim to have pre-wiped their mobile phones prior to sending them for recycling still contained sensitive information, including key customer contact information, personal photos and videos, and pin numbers.

e-Cycle, the first mobile buyback and recycling company to become e-Stewards certified, provides industry leading end-of-life data protection and ensures mobile security for outdated iPhones and other smartphones. e-Cycle collects used cell phones from businesses, providing reimbursement for all devices that retain resale value. All other devices are recycled at no charge. Using rigorous data protection measures, e-Cycle ensures that the information stored on every device is completely erased. To find out more on e-Cycle’s cell phone buyback, recycling and data deletion services, visit www.e-Cycle.com.

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e-Cycle is First e-Stewards Certified Mobile Buyback and Recycling Company in the World

The Basel Action Network (www.BAN.org), a global toxic trade watchdog organization, announced today that Columbus based mobile phone recycling company e-Cycle LLC is the first mobile phone buyback and recycling company certified as an e-Stewards® recycler, adhering to the highest global standards for socially and environmentally responsible electronics recycling.

Created by the Basel Action Network (BAN), the e-Stewards® certification program is the only electronics recycler certification program that prohibits the export of hazardous waste to developing countries, requires a certified ISO 14001 environmental management system, includes industry-specific worker health and safety requirements, bans the use of prison labor in handling of sensitive data, and can be used internationally. The certification was written by the environmental community and leaders in the industry to protect human health and the global environment.

“In the absence of leadership or laws requiring responsible electronics recycling here in the United States, we felt it was necessary to create a program to help people find a responsible recycler,” said Jim Puckett, BAN’s Executive Director.  “e-Cycle has undergone a rigorous independent audit process to ensure they are upholding the highest standards for wireless recycling and worker safety. Businesses and organizations throughout the world can be confident that e-Cycle will recycle and reuse their used mobile devices responsibly.”

An award-winning 60 Minutes expose entitled “The Electronic Wasteland”, that aired in late 2008 and again in June of 2011, left viewers , business leaders, and government officials wondering if their best intentions to recycle hazardous electronic products had gone awry.  The piece featured a seemingly responsible recycling company collecting e-waste from Denver residents and surreptitiously shipping it to poor countries where it was being dumped and burned. BAN was an integral part of the investigation.

“e-Cycle was founded on three guiding principals—a love for the environment, technology and charitable giving,” said e-Cycle Founder and CEO Christopher Irion. “Achieving our e-Stewards and R2 Certifications not only improves e-Cycle’s processes and differentiates us from other mobile recycling companies, it reinforces the essence of e-Cycle’s core brand image among the most ethical and trustworthy wireless recycling companies in the world. Through the guidance of the e-Stewards Standard, we will continually improve our business model and processes.”

About e-Cycle LLC
Ranked the #68 Most Promising Company in America by Forbes and the #5 fastest growing environmental services company in the U.S. by Inc., e-Cycle helps organizations take a more responsible, secure and profitable approach to wireless mobile phone recycling. e-Cycle purchases used mobile phones and pads that still retain value and recycles all others at no charge through an EPA-registered facility. The data on every reusable phone undergoes a rigorous, multi-step data deletion and auditing process to permanently remove confidential information. e-Cycle is e-Stewards Certified, which includes ISO 14001, and R2 certified. View the e-Cycle Process Video.


About e-Stewards® Certification
The e-Stewards Certification program, created by the Basel Action Network (BAN), formally recognizes electronics recyclers that adhere to environmentally and socially responsible practices when recovering hazardous electronic materials. It is the first such program backed by environmental organizations and major corporations alike. The accredited third-party audited certification program is supported by the USEPA and is endorsed by Greenpeace USA, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Electronics TakeBack Coalition and 68 other environmental organizations.  It has also drawn the public support of major corporate “e-Stewards Enterprises” including Alcoa, LG Electronics, Bank of America, Capital One Financial Corp. and Wells Fargo.

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