Inc. Magazine’s Hire Power Awards Recognize e-Cycle for Job Creation

e-Cycle was ranked the #3 Environmental Services Company in Inc. Magazine’s second annual Hire Power Awards for contributing to job creation in the United States.

In the past three years, e-Cycle experienced growth of 622 percent and generated 32 new jobs, placing it among the top 15 job creators in Ohio for the second consecutive year.

“We are honored to be recognized as a top job creator, as it demonstrates our commitment to delivering value to our clients and employees,” said e-Cycle CEO Christopher Irion. “This award serves as a testament to the growing need for mobile recycling and asset recovery, as well as the hard work and commitment our team embodies.”

Only 222,000 full-time U.S. jobs were added in 2012, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics. Inc. magazine’s Hire Power Award honorees created almost 70,000 of those positions.

“For the second year in a row, we are pleased to recognize the employers who are putting Americans back to work,” says Eric Schurenberg, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. “The Hire Power Awards are the only awards that single out job creators. We think it’s fitting to pay tribute to company founders not just for their business prowess but also for their immense contribution to the welfare of U.S. workers and the vitality of the U.S. economy.”

e-Cycle is among 437 Hire Power Awards honorees located across the country and in 25 industries. To be eligible, companies must be U.S.-based, privately owned, have been founded in 2011 or earlier and have employed at least 10 full-time employees as of December 31, 2012.

An award ceremony, sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, will take place on November 12, 2013, in San Francisco. A complete list of winners can be found at www.inc.com/hire-power.

To view e-Cycle’s Inc. company profile, visit www.inc.com/profile/e-Cycle.

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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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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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e-Cycle Expands Operations and Service Offerings in Response to iPhone 5s, 5c and iPad Announcements

Christopher Irion, e-Cycle Founder and CEO, announced that he is expanding e-Cycle’s operations department and service offerings due to an influx of businesses seeking to sell and recycle their used mobile devices. Irion attributes this increase to the recent launch of the new Apple iPhone 5s, 5c and iPad models.

e-Cycle has experienced a more than 300 percent increase in wireless buyback quote requests since the launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c, allowing its operations team to grow in conjunction.

According to Irion, factory resets and remote wiping technologies do not delete all the confidential information stored in mobile devices. Private data such as telephone numbers, pins, emails and photographs often remain in hidden menus.

A large percentage of mobile devices that arrive at the e-Cycle facility still contain sensitive data, even after they were reported to have been wiped prior to shipping. Of the devices received at the facility, e-Cycle’s data security department reports that:

  • 2% have active phone lines – resulting in data security risks and unnecessary carrier charges
  • 55% of devices have SIM cards that contain sensitive information
  • 1 in 5 devices have SD memory cards with access to private files

“e-Cycle employs advanced technologies and multi-step, proprietary data removal processes that not only restores the device to original factory settings, but also manually deletes or overwrites any data that might remain,” said Irion. “Every device we purchase is also subjected to stringent quality assurance testing. We hire third-party, forensic auditors on a quarterly basis to test random samples of our phones and validate our data removal processes.”

If a device cannot be reused in the marketplace or has functionality flaws that prevent removal of data, the device is shredded onsite and recycled responsibly.

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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 Supports JDRF and Recognizes T1D Day

e-Cycle, a proud supporter of JDRF, recognizes T1D Day in hopes of creating awareness and ultimately finding a cure. T1D is an autoimmune disease unrelated to diet and exercise that causes a life filled with carb counting, blood testing and insulin dosing. There are no days off with T1D.

JDRF is the only organization with a strategic plan to cure T1D. The organization has put $500 million into research and is currently conducting 52 human clinical trials.

e-Cycle is honored to be able to support these efforts. Last month, e-Cycle raised $2,632 internally to assist in finding a cure for T1D. e-Cycle has also helped their clients turn revenues generated from cell phone recycling into charitable donations to JDRF and other nonprofits through the e-Cycle Foundation.

Help JDRF as they turn type one into type none by donating the proceeds generated from recycling your mobile devices! For more information on this process, contact e-Cycle at gogreen@e-Cycle.com.

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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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Wireless Mobility Horror Story: Don’t Trust Your Data with Just Any Cell Phone Buyback and Recycling Company

Halloween is full of stories about ghouls and ghosts that send a shiver down your spine and make you keep the closet light on at night, but at e-Cycle, we’ve found that a data security breach is even more frightening for a business. The average mobile data breach last year accounted for loses exceeding $500,000 for large businesses and $100,000 for companies with less than 1,000 employees.

Many companies are unaware that a data breach can happen during end-of-life management. To recoup a business’ investment and protect the environment, it’s imperative that mobile technologies like cell phones and tablets are recycled. However, trusting just any recycler can compromise your sensitive data.

To prove the dangers associated with choosing the wrong recycler, we would like to share a true mobile security horror story that is sure to keep you up at night:

A few years ago JoAnn Bishop of Los Angeles received a refurbished cell phone. After synching her new phone to her computer, she noticed 300 additional contacts in her phonebook and someone else’s appointments on her calendar. As she continued to scour the phone she was horrified to find the same persons’ insurance information, credit card numbers, user names, passwords and pin codes in the notes section.

Being an honest person, she immediately returned the cell phone, and after being assured this was an isolated incident, she accepted a replacement device. Shockingly, this cell phone also came equipped with someone else’s personal information.

David Levi King and Bassem Megally were the original owners of these cell phones, respectively. Both later reported that they had deleted the information from their phones before turning them in.

King and Megally probably did try to delete the data on their cell phone by performing a factory reset. Unfortunately, factory resets leave data stored in cell phones’ hidden menus, which can cause irreparable harm to a business.

Partnering with a wireless buyback company that does not make data security a top priority is very scary. Practices that indicate a recycler provides exceptional data security include:

  • Testing for active phone lines – A serious data risk and results in unnecessary charges
  • e-Stewards certification – That have specific data security transparency requirements
  • Device-specific wiping processes – Both automated and manual
  • Quality assurance testing – To ensure all of the data has been removed
  • Third party, forensic auditing of sanitized devices – To validate their data removal processes
  • High security, lock down facilities and employee background screenings

Choosing a cell phone buyback vendor that provides these services will allow you to rest easier knowing your business will not be featured in e-Cycle’s next mobile security horror story.

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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 Much is Your Private Data Worth? Choose the Right Mobile Buyback and Recycling Partner

How much would you charge a stranger for your contacts, family photos and pin number? $5? $20? It sounds ridiculous, but many businesses and consumers are doing just that when they choose to sell their used phone and tablets to a company based solely on the highest buyback price. It’s important to consider the entire value of the services offered when choosing a mobile revenue recovery and recycling company.

A study by CPP Life Assistance found that 54 percent of cell phones purchased second-hand contained personal data such as emails and bank details from the previous owners. They also purchased 50 SIM cards and 27 of them contained similar private information.

CPP Life Assistance went a step further and asked the original mobile phone owners if they had deleted their personal data prior to selling their device; 81 percent claimed they did.

So how can you ensure your data is protected?

Many will advise you to perform a factory reset, but as this study has shown, that is not always effective in removing all sensitive data from your mobile devices. Partnering with a mobile buyback and recycling company that makes data security a top priority is the only way to ensure your data is protected.

Qualities that indicate a recycler provides effective data security include testing for active lines, an e-Stewards certification, device-specific wiping processes and quality assurance checks. At e-Cycle, we prove our value by providing all these services and more at zero cost. All mobile devices received at our facility go through rigorous, multi-step data deletion procedures and verification testing for quality assurance. Third party, forensic auditors randomly-test our devices and validate our data security processes quarterly. If the e-Cycle data security team is not certain the data on the device it removed (many times due to functionality flaws), the device is shredded onsite to protect your personal and corporate data.

Reselling used mobile phones and tablets for reuse so that the lives of the devices can be extended is an essential part of a responsible wireless recycling plan. However, carefully consider the total value your chosen mobile buyback and recycling partner offers. Is it really worth risking your sensitive data by selecting a less-than-reputable company that offers a few dollars extra per device? Instead, choose a wireless revenue recovery partner such as e-Cycle that offers the total package: highly competitive pricing, industry-leading data security and e-Stewards certified electronics recycling and environmental protection.

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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 Mobile Buyback and Recycling Becomes a Champion for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

NCSAMe-Cycle became a National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) Champion to assist in spreading awareness and the necessary resources for businesses and individuals to stay safe online. This year marks the 10th anniversary of NCSAM, which is celebrated every October.

Under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, NCSAM has grown exponentially each year in their efforts to reach consumers, businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation.

The month is divided into themed weeks to help focus on core issues in cyber security. Visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam for resources on how to stay safe online, learn more about NCSAM and how you can get involved.

e-Cycle is dedicated to protecting the mobile data of businesses, government agencies and consumers by offering a secure resource for selling used iPhones, BlackBerrys, Androids, iPads and other mobile devices. e-Cycle uses advanced technologies and proprietary data deletion methods to ensure our client’s sensitive mobile data does not end up in the wrong hands.

Unfortunately OEM factory resets do not completely erase all of the private data on a device. Information often remains on hidden menus such as email addresses, phone numbers, photographs and other sensitive information. e-Cycle mobile security department found that:

  • 2% of devices received at e-Cycle have active lines still transmitting data.
  • 55% of devices have SIM cards that contain sensitive information.
  • 1 in 5 devices have SD Memory Cards with access to private files.

For more information on e-Cycle’s industry leading data security, visit http://www.e-cycle.com/how-it-works/data-security/.

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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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