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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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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How Selling Your Apple iPhone is Responsible eCycling | e-Cycle

Every organization should have a buyback and recycling plan to ensure the greatest return on telecom investments. Most organizations retire their wireless phones within 18 months. At that stage, these devices can retain a significant percentage of their retail value. However, cell phones that are not properly retired may expose confidential data when they are resold on the secondary market or harm the local environment through improper recycling and disposal.

Here is an overview of the e-Cycle process:

Recycle
Our specialists evaluate all equipment to assess its resale value. Phones that have outlived their market value, as well as accessories, are sorted out to be destroyed. Every battery is removed and sent to an EPA-registered facility to make certain its toxic materials do not end up in a landfill. The core technology, including the motherboard and all wiring, is shredded and melted down so that the precious metals can be reused.

Recover
Our clients send us their wireless devices using pre-paid shipping labels provided by e-Cycle. They receive a check for the phones that retain their resale value and are in working condition. e-Cycle uses the latest market pricing to determine the value of the equipment. Each of our clients receive a full inventory report detailing the make, model, value and condition of each phone. Our clients receive payment in 30 days or less after their shipment arrives to our facility.

Protect
Resalable phones are put through a comprehensive data removal process to make certain that all private information is permanently deleted. We also test every phone for active lines and inform the client if any are found to protect against unintended fees. After restoring the factory settings, our quality assurance team rechecks every device to make sure the data has been completely cleared of all confidential information.

Learn more about responsible e-cycling.

 

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