Success Stories Highlight Efforts to Reduce Toxic Pollution in Developing Countries

The Blacksmith Institute for a Pure Earth, Green Cross Switzerland, and Global Alliance on Health and Pollution (GAHP) have published a new report, “Top Ten Countries Turning the Corner on Toxic Pollution,” as part of their annual ‘World’s Worst Polluted’ series to raise global awareness about the extent and the impacts of toxic pollution in low- and middle-income countries.

The report revisits the countries featured in a 2009 report, “12 Cases of Cleanup and Success” for inspiration and highlights the commitment and progress developing countries are making in overcoming toxic pollution. In these areas, pollution kills 8.4 million people each year, most of them children, and an estimated 200 million people suffer serious pollution-related health problems, including brain damage, from exposure to lead, mercury, pesticides and a host of other chemicals.

The cities and their stories shared within the report demonstrate that in spite of numerous obstacles and lack of resources, with collaboration and commitment, something can always be done to begin to improve even the most polluted areas. Below are summaries of three success stories featured in the report:

Agbogbloshie, Ghana

E-waste recycling is an important source of income for the thousands in Agbogbloshie, Ghana. Their methods, including burning of electronic scrap to recover prized metals, particularly copper, had taken a dreadful toll on the health of the people and the environment. Now wire-stripping machines eliminate burning of e-waste and offer a safer, healthier way to extract the metals.

Thiaroye Sur Mer, Senegal

Acute lead poisoning, a rare condition caused by prolonged daily exposure to lead, took the lives of 18 young children in a matter of months. The women of the community had been breaking used lead-acid batteries and smelting the lead to extract it for resale. Lead fumes and dust contaminated the community killing children and impairing the health of others. Project partners and funders, along with the Senegalese government, not only removed lead contamination from the village, but also trained the women in hydroponic agriculture as an alternative means of income to this toxic work.

Montevideo, Uruguay

Low-income workers in Montevideo burn electronic waste and electrical cables to obtain copper for resale. By burning e-waste over open pit fires they created “toxic hotspots” in their own communities, sites where contamination from heavy metals and other toxins are so high, it is a danger to human health. The GAHP teamed up with the City of Montevideo to identify and clean up some of the worst toxic hotspots of the city.

For the full report and more information on these and other stories, visit www.worstpolluted.org

While these stories highlight some of the recent successes in cleaning up pollution in these areas, it is important to remember that there is still a long way to go in repairing the damage and preventing the root causes of this contamination. To ensure your electronics do not get exported overseas and further contaminate developing countries, partner with an e-Stewards certified recycler. e-Stewards’ recyclers adhere to the most stringent, global standards for recycling e-waste and worker protection. e-Stewards is the only certification that strictly prohibits the exportation of toxic e-waste to developing countries.

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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 Mobile Buyback and Recycling Honored for Outstanding Service at the 2011 TechColumbus Innovation Awards

e-Cycle was honored to receive the award for Outstanding Service (Companies under 250 Employees) at the 2011 TechColumbus Innovation Awards on Thursday, February 2.  e-Cycle was selected out of a prestigious list of 29 finalists.

The TechColumbus Innovation Awards celebrates and honors individuals and teams in a variety of disciplines. Each award category is an important component of the technology and innovation community. Receiving the top honor in an award category showcases the dramatic impact of the awardee’s contributions in Central Ohio and beyond. Keynote speakers for the evening included Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, The Ohio State University Professor E. Gordon Gee, and Limited Brands business mogul Les Wexner.

During the awards, more than 1000 business leaders joined TechColumbus to honor companies and individuals whose innovations help accelerate economic growth in Central Ohio and accelerate the future of innovation. Battelle was the presenting sponsor for the evening.

Finalists for the Outstanding Service Award were Central Ohio companies that had defined, introduced, and marketed a technology-based service. Through this service, the companies must have demonstrated success in addressing an industry need or market niche. To view the complete list of award winners and nominees from the TechColumbus Innovation Awards, visit http://techcolumbusinnovationawards.com

e-Cycle is the leading provider of wireless mobile buyback, data deletion and recycling services for businesses and organizations throughout the world. Founded in 2005 by Christopher and Tonia Irion, e-Cycle was established on three guiding passions: a love of technology, environmental protection and charitable giving.

e-Cycle is the first mobile buyback and recycling company to achieve e-Stewards, ISO 14001, and R2 Certifications. The e-Stewards Certification is only given to electronics recyclers that adhere to the highest global standards of environmental protection and worker safety.

Click to watch the e-Cycle Mobile Phone Recycling Process Video.

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Tween Brands e-Cycle for Type 1 Diabetes

Tween Brand employees deliver cell phone a donation for the ‘e-Cycle for Type 1 Diabetes’ campaign. The organization’s weeklong mobile phone drive collected over 50 mobile phones for recycling. e-Cycle will donate $1 to the JDRF for every mobile phone received from November 14 through 23.

 

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e-Cycle to Donate $1 to JDRF for Every Mobile Phone Recycled in Celebration of America Recycles Day and American Diabetes Month

Mobile phone buyback and recycling company encourages businesses to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by recycling their used mobile devices responsibly in November

Wireless mobile buyback and recycling company e-Cycle LLC has launched an “e-Cycle for Type 1 Diabetes” campaign that will donate $1 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for every mobile phone the company purchases or recycles from Nov. 14 through the 23.

According to e-Cycle CEO, Chris Irion, the goal of the promotion is to help raise awareness and support for two causes that are close to his heart—America Recycles Day (Nov. 15) and American Diabetes Month (November). Irion said that he hopes the campaign will encourage organizations to recycle their used mobile devices responsibly in November and also help support a critical research fund dedicated to finding a cure for the debilitating disease.

“As a father of a child suffering with Type 1 Diabetes, I know first hand the difficult challenges that families face in fighting a deadly and life-changing disease, while also trying to maintain a normal and healthy family life,” Irion said. “e-Cycle was founded on three principals: a love of technology, environmental protection, and charitable giving. Our ‘e-Cycle for Type 1 Diabetes’ promotion touches all three of our passions and I hope businesses will join us in our cause.”

How the “e-Cycle for Type 1 Diabetes” promotion works

1.    Businesses and organizations collect their used mobile devices and mail them to e-Cycle using the company’s pre-paid FedEx shipping labels.  Go to www.e-Cycle.com and click on the “Contact Us” link in the upper right-hand section of the homepage, fill out the form and request a label in the “Questions or Comments” field.

2.    e-Cycle will purchase any devices that are reusable and still have market value and recycle all other phones and accessories at no-charge. Companies can elect to have the check written back to them or as a charitable contribution directly to the JDRF. All sensitive data is completely removed from the devices.

3.    e-Cycle will donate $1 for every mobile phone that the company receives from Nov. 14 through 23, 2011.

4.    All mobile devices and accessories that cannot be reused are shredded on site and sent to an EPA-registered metals refinery where the precious materials are reclaimed for reuse in the production of new products.
For more information about the promotion, visit http://www.e-cycle.com/contact-us/current-promotions.

About e-Cycle LLC
Ranked the #5 fastest growing environmental services company in the U.S. by Inc. 500|5000, e-Cycle helps organizations take a more responsible, secure and profitable approach to wireless recycling. e-Cycle buys used mobile phones that still retain value and recycles all others at no charge through an EPA-registered facility. The information on every device is either deleted or destroyed through rigorous mobile security measures. The company has a zero landfill policy. For more information, visit http://e-Cycle.com.

About JDRF

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of every person affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. For more information, visit http://www.jdrf.org.

About America Recycles Day
America Recycles Day, a program of Keep America Beautiful, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Every year on or around November 15 (America Recycles Day), millions turn out to thousands of local events held throughout the country to celebrate and learn more about their recycling programs. For more information, visit http://americarecyclesday.org/.

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Congratulations to e-Cycle’s Summer Recycle Your Mobile Phone Apple iPad2 Giveaway Winners

To help raise awareness of the growing e-waste issue with cell phones and devices and to promote environmental protection, e-Cycle encouraged companies to practice responsible mobile phone recycling and data protection through our summer Apple iPad2 give away. Businesses and organizations that sold and/or recycled used mobile phones through the end of July 2011 were entered into a random drawing to win one of four Apple iPad2s.

Congratulations to our Apple iPad2 winners

  • Jana L., Construction Industry, Central Texas region
  • Clarence C., Transportation Industry, Washington D.C./Baltimore/Virginia region
  • Kevin S., Healthcare Industry, Southern California region
  • Telecom Professional, Human Resources Industry, Washington D.C./Baltimore/Virginia region

e-Cycle is trusted by more than 7,000 businesses, including some of the largest organizations in the world, for their wireless recycling and data protection needs. Providing businesses complimentary cell phone recycling and data security services, e-Cycle also increases their client’s revenue with a wireless buyback program. Since its inception in 2005, e-Cycle has purchased or recycled more than one million devices, keeping more than 250,000 pounds of toxic materials out of landfills.

For more information, visit www.e-cycle.com or call 1.877.215.5255.

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e-Cycle Launches Recycle And Win Summer Giveaway – Win An Apple iPad2 For Selling and/or Recycling Your Business Cell Phones.

e-Cycle’s Apple iPad2 Earth Day Giveaway was such a success, we are giving companies another opportunity to win simply by recycling your company cell phones. Businesses and organizations that recycle and/or sell their used wireless devices through e-Cycle from now through July 31 will be entered into a random drawing for the chance to win one of four Apple iPad2s.

Congratulations to the winning companies from our Earth Day iPad2 Giveaway:

  • Christina S.  – from the Great Plains region
  • Mike P. – from the West/Central Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio region
  • Karen D. – from the Southern California region
  • Andrew P. – from the New York Metro area

e-Cycle’s Recycle and Win Giveaway offers the perfect solution for used corporate-liable cell phones that have been sitting collecting dust and creating data security concerns. e-Cycle will wipe the sensitive corporate data and recycle your mobile phones at no cost. Additionally, by putting money back into telecom budgets, e-Cycle helps organizations upgrade to the latest wireless technologies.

Entering the contest is easy:

More information about e-Cycle’s cell phone recycling services and the Apple iPad2 giveaway contest can be found by visiting http://www.e-Cycle.com/Verizon.

Trusted by nearly 7,000 organizations nationwide, including some of the largest companies in the world, e-Cycle has purchased or recycled more than seven million devices since 2005. Nearly 65 percent of the mobile phones that e-Cycle receives still retain monetary value and can be reused in secondary markets where the older technologies are still valued and needed.

e-Cycle it!
Visit www.e-Cycle.com or contact (877) 215-5255.

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e-Cycle Declares April “Recycle Your Mobile Phone Month” – Giving Away iPad2s to Businesses.

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Sell Your iPhone and Upgrade Sooner | e-Cycle

Looking for a quick and easy way to sell your iPhone? Look no further than e-Cycle, your mobile phone recycling experts. We pride ourselves on being able to provide the best possible experience for someone who is selling an old mobile phone.

The process for recycling cell phones couldn’t be any easier. With e-Cycle, you will be taken care of in three easy steps:

  1. Select the model of iPhone or iPad that you are selling and get an instant quote.
  2. We will send you a complimentary box and shipping labels so you won’t have to pay a dime for sending your phone to us.
  3. You’ll receive a quick payment in the mail.

And the best part about selling used iPhones with e-Cycle? It allows you to upgrade your phone to a newer model sooner, which is particularly good news if you’ll be itching to get the new Verizon iPhone when it is finally released.

If you’re thinking “Man, I want to sell my iPhone right now,” there’s never been a better time to do so. You get to upgrade sooner and, to top it all off, you’ll be doing something great for the environment by preventing more electronic waste.

So, if you’d like to sell your iPhone, remember what e-Cycle can do for you. Prompt service and high buyback prices make us the perfect option for mobile phone recycling.

If you are thinking of getting rid of an old mobile phone – whether it’s to upgrade sooner or make some extra cash – don’t just recycle it, e-Cycle it!

 

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e-Cycle Provides Environmentally Compliant Recycling

One of e-Cycle’s main value-added services, environmentally compliant recycling is an aspect of our business that we take very seriously. What it means is that we manage the recycling of wireless phones, their accessories, and their components in a way that meets or exceeds all environmental laws and regulations.

As with all of our services, we provide environmentally compliant recycling free of charge to anyone that wants to dispose of wireless equipment.

What We Recycle:

ANY and ALL wireless accessories
Chargers
Air cards
Batteries
Data cords
Headsets and ear buds
Holsters and skins
Cell phones and smartphones

e-Cycle only utilizes EPA-certified recycling companies located in the United States. Our clients can rest assured that their wireless equipment will never end up in a landfill or dumped in a foreign country. It will be managed according to all applicable laws and regulations, and will assist in the conservation of natural resources.

Cell Phones and the Environment
Cell phones and their batteries contain many toxic materials, including arsenic, lead, nickel, and zinc. Each phone is capable of contaminating 40,000 gallons of water and in a landfill, these chemicals can seep into groundwater. Multiplied by 10 million, the number of phones that end up in landfills each year in the US, recycling cellular phones is a serious environmental issue.

Up to 80 percent of a cell phone is recyclable. Each phone includes precious metals such as silver, copper, platinum, palladium, and gold. When these metals are recovered and reused, it conserves natural resources, saves the energy used to mine them, and prevents waste from being produced during mining.

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