Consumers Hesitant to Recycle and Resell Used Cell Phones

Nearly 60 percent of people who do not recycle used cell phones refrain from doing so because they don’t know where to recycle their devices or they don’t trust that the data will be destroyed, according to an online poll conducted by Earth911 for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).

The poll was conducted on Earth911’s website from June 20 to September 9, 2013 and received responses from more than 900 individuals. The results support the findings of the U.S. International Trade Commission’s study that indicated only 25 percent of all household used electronics are recycled.

As consumers enthusiastically await the arrival their new Apple iPhone 5s or 5c, it is important to keep in mind the urgent need to responsibly sell and recycle old cell phones to protect their data and environment. For every 42 cell phones recycled, enough energy is saved to power an average household for an entire year.

Why Consumers Aren’t Recycling Their Cell Phones

According to the poll, 21 percent of respondents say they have not recycled their old mobile device because they keep it as a backup, while 20 percent say they just earth911 statisticshaven’t gotten around to it. Thirty percent indicated that they don’t know where to recycle their cell phone and 29 percent of respondents say they are worried about data security risks associated with recycling.

To ensure the personal data on your cell phone is protected, e-Cycle mobile buyback and recycling recommends consumers avoid selling their devices on eBay, Craiglist and to be very wary of online buyback companies or kiosks in shopping malls that offer to purchase used electronics devices. Often they provide no assurance of data deletion and have been known to resell wireless devices with private data still remaining. e-Cycle encourages consumers to only use electronics recyclers who do more than just a factory reset for data deletion, which does not remove all personal data. Residual personal data often remains, stored in hidden menus, even after a mobile phone has been brought back to factory settings. Be certain your recycler is doing more than a simple factory reset by asking questions and carefully reviewing their terms and conditions.

e-Cycle urges reluctant consumers to only sell or recycle their used mobile phones and tablets with an e-Stewards certified recycling company to ensure their data and the environment are protected. e-Stewards requires certified recyclers to adhere to the highest global standards of environmental protection and has stringent data security measures as part of its certification. e-Stewards certified recyclers are required to delete or destroy all the data from the devices they receive.

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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 Applauds Iron Mountain’s Pledge to Responsibly Manage E-Waste by Utilizing e-Stewards Electronics Recyclers

e-Cycle congratulates Iron Mountain, a storage and information management company, on their e-Stewards® Enterprise designation. The company has responded to the world’s fastest-growing pollution problem – improperly recycled or disposed of e-waste – with a pledge to use only e-Stewards certified recyclers and help their customers do the same.

“Leaders lead, and Iron Mountain has demonstrated that the status quo situation where electronic waste is routinely dumped in developing countries or our local landfills is just not acceptable anymore,” said Jim Puckett, executive director of BAN.

e-Stewards Enterprises are organizations that commit to utilizing e-Stewards certified recyclers, wherever possible. e-Stewards recyclers and their downstream vendors are continually audited to validate that they uphold the highest global standards for environmental protection and social responsibility.

More than 70 environmental groups worldwide have endorsed the e-Stewards Standard, including Greenpeace, the National Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club. To learn more about the e-Stewards certification, visit www.e-Stewards.org or our e-Stewards information page.

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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 BYOD Mobile Data Security Tips #5 – Secure Data in the Cloud, Not the Device

As a global leader in the mobile buyback and recycling industry, e-Cycle is pleased to share the fifth video in our series of BYOD mobile data security risks and recommendations for organizations thinking of implementing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. These tips will help enterprises successfully secure sensitive corporate data when employees use their personal mobile devices for work.

e-Cycle BYOD Mobile Data Security Tips – #5 Secure Data in the Cloud, Not the Device from e-Cycle LLC. on Vimeo.

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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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Congratulations to the Winners of e-Cycle’s July Giveaways

e-Cycle congratulates the following winners of our July Summer Blockbuster Giveaway who each received a $100 MovieTickets.com gift card.

  • Katie L., California
  • Linda L., Arizona
  • Joseph I., Pennsylvania
  • Elizabeth P., Tennessee
  • Jolie I., California

Congratulations also go to the winners of e-Cycle’s July consumer buyback giveaway, who each received a $50 Amazon gift card.

  • Jillian C., Pennsylvania
  • Ana G., New York
  • Brandon H., Texas
  • Anne K., Washington

We thank all of our clients and customers for your commitment to protecting the environment and your sensitive data by responsibly selling and recycling your used mobile devices with e-Cycle. Visit our Current Promotions page for information on our latest giveaways.

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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: Five Common Mistakes to Avoid when Creating a BYOD Policy

With bring your own device (BYOD) programs exploding worldwide, enterprises are searching for the perfect solution for managing and securing employee-liable devices. Implementing a BYOD policy is tricky because each program must be customized to meet the specific needs for each company and there is no catch-all solution. As a global leader in the mobile buyback and recycling industry, e-Cycle shares five common BYOD mistakes that can lead to disgruntled workers, lower productivity as well as higher costs and mobile security headaches.

1. No Policy or Monitoring
BYOD’s major strength is the flexibility it lends to employees; however, businesses must be prepared for the liability that accompanies it. Creating a BYOD policy with specific guidelines for who owns the data, device and software, how the expenses are distributed and what happens to the device when it is lost or stolen will help to avoid legal matters and protect your company.

2. Excessive Mobile Security
Multiple passwords, remote device wipes and location trackers are important features to protect mobile data, but requiring over-the-top security features will leave employees soured on BYOD. Instead, search for solutions that enhance productivity and increase employee satisfaction, while still protecting sensitive mobile data. But be careful, restoring factory settings and remote wiping is not a guarantee of data removal. Often times sensitive information still remains on wireless devices including names, contact information, pin numbers, emails and even photos. A shocking study revealed confidential information was found on devices purchased on eBay.

3. Too Few Options
BYOD was intended to empower employees with the ability to choose the devices and apps they want. A program that is too limited may lower company morale and cause employees to develop their own workarounds to utilize the apps they prefer, which increases the likelihood of a breach. Give your employees enough options to boost productivity and create a positive output for the company.

4. Too Many Options
Managing mobile business data through numerous devices and carriers can quickly become a nightmare for an enterprise’s IT or mobility department. BYOD is meant to be beneficial to both the business and the employee. Offering three to four mainstream devices will please employees and allow the IT/mobility department to effectively manage mobile security, creating applications and troubleshooting. Be wary of devices and applications that are known to be traps for malware.

5. Not Thinking it Through
As the newest mobile trend, many companies are diving head first into BYOD without thinking the process through. Enterprises need to ensure that BYOD makes sense for the needs of the company and employees. BYOD can save businesses money; however, there are often hidden expenses that accompany this new trend like software licensing, mobile security, device management and regulatory compliance. These are all expenses that need to be considered when deciding to make the switch to BYOD.

6. Partner with a Trusted Mobile Buyback and Recycling Company
Encourage or mandate that your employees discard their used personally-owned devices securely and responsibly by utilizing a trusted wireless buyback and recycling company that has proven processes for data deletion. There are numerous consumer buyback companies that claim data protection, however, provide poor data security processes and unsecure facilities. Discourage employees from selling their used mobile devices on eBay and Craigslist.

Vetting and recommending a secure and proven mobile buyback and recycling partner to compensate your employees while protecting their sensitive data and the environment is critical to help negate data breaches and to protect your corporate reputation. Additionally, utilize e-Stewards® certified electronics recyclers who are rigorously audited each year to ensure they uphold globally-recognized standards for data security, environmental protection and worker safety.

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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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Everything you need to know about the Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA)

The Responsible Electronics Recycling Act (RERA) was reintroduced into Congress on July 24 with bipartisan support. The legislation seeks to prohibit the exportation of untested and nonfunctional electronics to developing nations where improper disposal may create environmental, health or national security risks.

Restrictions on e-waste exports could create up to 42,000 new jobs with a total payroll of more than $1 billion, according to a study by the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling. The U.S. International Trade Committee also reported that the RERA would help increase U.S. exports and create jobs.

Electronic waste like cell phones, computers and TVs are now the fastest growing waste stream in the U.S, with more than 3.4 million tons being generated each year according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Unfortunately, it is common practice for “recyclers” like Executive Recycling to export electronics to developing countries. The Government Accountability Office reported that many developing nations do not have the resources to safely recycle and dispose of used electronics. Improper recycling can have catastrophic effects on the environment and the health of residents.

If enacted, the RERA would create a new section in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act that prohibits the export of restricted electronic waste from the U.S. to countries that are not members of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development or the European Union. Restricted electronic equipment is defined as those that are not fully functional, have not been tested or contain toxic materials at levels greater than those specified as non-hazardous by the EPA. The legislation will allow the exportation of:

  • Tested and working parts and devices for reuse
  • Processed and cleaned CRT glass being exported to a CRT glass manufacturing plant, in countries that allow it
  • Warranty repairs
  • Product recalls
  • Products containing toxins below the hazardous level

Exporting e-waste to places like China can also create national security risks. Chips from exported electronics have become a primary resource for counterfeiters, who sell them as “military grade” into the U.S. defense supply chain, according to the Electronics TakeBack Coalition.

RERA also seeks to establish a research program at the Department of Energy to study the recycling and recovery of rare Earth metals from electronics. This will help to ensure the proper collection and recycling of precious metals.

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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 Wireless Recycling Receives Best in Biz International Gold Award for Most Socially/Environmentally Responsible Company of the Year

e-Cycle is honored to be named the gold winner in the Most Socially/Environmentally Responsible Company of the Year category in the Best in Biz Awards 2013 International. e-Cycle also earned a silver award for Enterprise Service of the Year.

e-Cycle received these prestigious recognitions for its industry leading cell phone and tablet buyback and recycling services that are known and trusted by top enterprises and organizations throughout the world. e-Cycle is e-Stewards certified and adheres to the highest environmental and safety standards for recycling wireless devices. e-Cycle protects its clients data by utilizing rigorous, multi-step data deletion and quality assurance testing.

Winning the gold award for the Most Socially or Environmentally/Responsible Company and silver award for Enterprise Service of the Year goes to the heart of e-Cycle’s mission to provide easy, profitable and responsible solutions for our clients to secure their data, recover wireless assets and safeguard the environment.

A panel of 43 judges from 18 countries representing top-tier news, business, finance and technology publications and media outlets determined winners of Best in Biz Awards 2013 International.

Best in Biz is an independent business awards program that recognizes top companies, teams, executives and products for their business successes as judged by established members of the press and industry analysts. More than 150 public and private companies from more than 25 countries competed in Best in Biz Awards’ International’s inaugural program.

For a full list of Best in Biz Awards 2013 International gold, silver and bronze winners, visit http://intl.bestinbizawards.com/intl-2013-winners.

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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-Waste Recycling Laws in the United States and Stopping the Export of E-Waste by Utilizing e-Stewards Certified Recyclers

There is currently no federal legislation in the U.S. that mandates the recycling of e-waste. Some states in the U.S. allow businesses and individuals to throw their used electronics in the trash; however, many states are beginning to mandate environmental responsibility by banning the disposal of e-waste into landfills.

Colorado recently became the 18th state to ban e-waste from entering landfills and incinerators and several states are working to pass new laws and improve existing laws.

States that Banned e-waste from Landfills

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While the states that have adopted e-waste regulations should be commended, there is still room for improvement. The EPA reports that 142,000 computers and more than 416,000 mobile devices are discarded every day. In 2010, only 27% of e-waste in the U.S. was recycled, with mobile devices being the least recycled item at 11%.

The Electronics Takeback Coalition reported ten ways we can improve our current legislation to increase collection volumes and address potential issues. These best practices are based on comparing states’ laws and their recycling results.

  1. Make it convenient and establish collection goals
  2. Encourage a variety of collection types
  3. Include clear and high expectations for performance
  4. Set minimum recycling goals, not goals that act as a ceiling
  5. Make sure rural areas aren’t neglected
  6. Include a landfill ban
  7. Require all processors and refurbishers to be e-Stewards certified
  8. Do not discourage legitimate reuse
  9. Include a broad scope of products for free recycling
  10. Transparency and reporting

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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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Citi’s Wireless Recycling “Drop Off” Program Donates $63,175 to Three Charities Through the e-Cycle Foundation

e-Cycle is proud to announce that through the e-Cycle Foundation, Citi donated a total of $63,175 to three outstanding charities. The means to make such a generous donation was achieved solely through the mobile buyback revenue generated from Citi’s wireless recycling program.

Citi recycled more than 7,000 no-longer-used mobile devices with e-Cycle between May 1 and July 15. The benefiting charities were

The Floating Hospital received $13,175 to accomplish their ongoing mission of providing healthcare to homeless families. To date, they have assisted 5 million of NYC’s most fragile families.

citi hunger project

The Hunger Project: Mary Ellen McNish, President & CEO, Irene Blake, Citi Wireless Campaign Coordinator, E-Cycle: Craig Wolpert, Citi Rudolph Scott, Wireless Site Coordinator, and Robert Strangio, Citi NA Mobile Manage, E-Cycle: Bradford Gold

The Hunger Project empowers men and women around the world to end their own hunger and poverty. They received $25,000 to assist in these admirable efforts.

Wounded Warrior Project has also received $25,000 to enable them to further their reach in helping injured heroes and their brave families.

e-Cycle has assisted numerous businesses in making charitable donations from revenues generated through mobile buyback and recycling. The recent establishment of the e-Cycle Foundation provides both businesses and individuals a simple means to make a powerful impact in their local and global communities.

By recycling and reusing their wireless devices in this campaign alone, Citi prevented the contamination of up to 282,680,000 gallons of water; prevented the release of 4.52 pounds of lead into environment; reduced greenhouse gas emission equal to taking 0.20 cars off the road for a year and saved energy to power a laptop for 310,948 hours and provide 1.28 households with electricity for an entire year.

Now in its seventh year, Citi’s “Wireless Drop-Off” is one of the ways they are working to promote environmental and social sustainability. To date, Citi has recycled more than 22,000 mobile devices through this program and donated $139,175 to various charitable organizations.

With ever increasing budget constraints, wireless reuse and recycling offers an innovative solution to enhance corporate-caring initiatives. The e-Cycle Foundation maximizes the money organizations raise through mobile asset recovery programs and writes a tax-deductible check on their behalf directly to the charities of their choice.

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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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