e-Cycle Showcasing Responsible Mobile Reuse and Recycling at BlackBerry World, Only Mobile Buyback and Recycling Company to Earn e-Stewards Certification
e-Cycle will be at BlackBerry World™ to demonstrate how companies can achieve responsible mobile reuse and recycling that ensures financial savings, sound environmental stewardship and the guaranteed protection of sensitive data.
Hilliard, Ohio, May 1, 2012 – e-Cycle will be at BlackBerry World™ to demonstrate how companies can achieve responsible mobile reuse and recycling that ensures financial savings, sound environmental stewardship and the guaranteed protection of sensitive data.
As the world’s only mobile buyback and recycling company to earn the stringent and independent e-Stewards certification, e-Cycle protects sensitive data while recycling mobile devices to the highest standards of financial and environmental responsibility. e-Cycle will review its services and success stories at booth #148 at BlackBerry World™ 2012 from May 1 to 3, which takes place at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Fla.
In addition, e-Cycle Founder and CEO Christopher Irion will be available to discuss the growing need for mobile recycling action plans that protect the environment and prevent data leaks.
“Companies are faced with the increasingly complex task of managing the turnover of mobile phone and device use throughout their organizations,” Irion said. “Many believe they are recycling, reselling or retiring their mobile devices properly when they actually are not. The reality is millions of old mobile devices continue to end up in landfills or find their way into the resale market with sensitive organization data remaining intact.”
Because it holds the distinction of having the e-Stewards certification, e-Cycle can help organizations develop mobile recycling strategies that:
- Guarantee safety and security by removing all data from every device.
- Provide financial compensation for devices that continue to their hold resale value.
- Ensure devices no longer holding any value are recycled or disposed of in ways that protect the environment.
“Mobile asset recovery and reuse makes good business sense because the revenues can greatly offset the cost of upgrading to latest technologies,” Irion said. “It is also important from an environmental standpoint because extending the life of wireless devices reduces energy and carbon emissions. Organizations need to ensure their devices are recycled securely and responsibly.”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that only 14 to 18 percent of electronic devices are recycled and that 70 to 80 percent of electronics recycling companies in the U.S. export electronic waste to developing countries, poisoning the environment and the local population.
Research also reveals startling discoveries regarding the failure to protect sensitive mobile data. In Electronic Retention: What Does Your Mobile Phone Reveal About You, researchers found that every mobile device they acquired in the secondary market contained user information.
A study by the Ponemon Institute and Websense of more than 4,000 organizations in 12 countries found 77 percent use mobile devices in the workplace, but only 39 percent had security controls in place. More than half of the companies experienced data loss because of unsecured mobile devices, including laptops, smartphones, USB devices and tablets.
“It is abundantly clear that organizations need to carefully implement a mobile recycling action plan as part of their telecom endpoint data security process,” Irion said.