e-Cycle Named “Cool Vendor” by Leading Analyst Firm

Report highlights interesting new and innovative vendors, products and services that are impacting Information Technology Asset Management (ITAM) in 2012.

e-Cycle, a global company focusing on mobile buyback, data protection and recycling, today announced it has been recognized in the “Cool Vendors in ITAM, 2012”[1] report by Gartner Inc.

e-Cycle is among the Cool Vendors highlighted for offering innovative and intriguing technologies or solutions. e-Cycle protects sensitive data for companies while recycling their mobile devices to the highest standards of financial and environmental responsibility. In addition, e-Cycle is the world’s only mobile buyback and recycling company to earn the stringent and independent e-Stewards certification.

“We are pleased to have been named one of Gartner’s 2012 Cool Vendors, as it is a testament to the hard work our employees undertake daily to make a difference for our customers,” said e-Cycle CEO Christopher Irion. “The report recognizes what we see daily: Organizations face an enormous looming ITAD challenge in the rapidly growing area of mobile devices. We believe our secure, cost-effective and environmentally responsible approach to wireless recycling sets us apart in today’s marketplace.”

Among the key findings in Gartner’s report is the following: “The global ITAD market has historically been largely focused on workstations (PC desktops and laptops) and traditional data center assets (servers, storage systems, telecommunication equipment and so on). Yet, our research indicates that most organizations face an enormous looming ITAD challenge in the rapidly growing area of mobile devices. For example, Gartner estimates that, in 2012, about 226 million mobile phones will be retired from use by businesses worldwide (this excludes consumer retirements), and that by 2015, that number will reach about 289 million. These numbers will be further compounded by the relatively nascent (from the perspective of disposition) tablet market, which is also projected to grow at a torrid pace.

“It is on this specific mobile device market (mobile phones, smartphones, tablets, etc.) that e-Cycle has exclusively focused its disposition business.”

Disclaimer: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


[1] Cool Vendors in ITAM, 2012. Published April 12, 2012. Analysis by Rob Schafer.

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How To Create a Recycling Plan For Wireless Gadgets | e-Cycle

Wireless technologies, such as smartphones and tablets, have become essential tools for leading enterprises. But what happens to these invaluable tools when it’s time for new technology? Often, a startling transformation occurs: in just one day, a device which was once so critical is simply cast aside as “obsolete” and “worthless.” As an IT solution provider, implementing a responsible mobile buyback and recycling program can be one of the easiest and most rewarding IT cost-cutting solutions you can offer your clients.

More than 150 million mobile phones are retired in the U.S. each year, but less than 20 percent are reused or recycled. Pollutants from electronic devices now represent 70 percent of the toxins in our landfills. In fact, one mobile phone in a landfill can contaminate up to 40,000 gallons of water.

However, more than 50 percent of mobile devices still retain a significant resale value, even after 18 to 24 months of use, and can be reused in secondary markets where the technologies are valued and needed. Every organization should have an asset recovery plan in place to recoup this revenue to help offset the cost of supplying their workforce with the latest technologies.

But what is a “responsible” mobile buyback and recycling program for electronic gadgets? It is a program that ensures you maximize the return on your customer’s wireless investments while protecting their sensitive corporate data. It uses wireless recycling partners that are e-Stewards Certified and continually audited to ensure proper data security, hazardous e-waste disposal and worker protection through the entire downstream recycling chain to final disposition. With these safeguards in place, you can help your clients advance their sustainability initiatives while protecting their private data and their bottom lines.

Here are some tips for maintaining a sustainable, secure and profitable mobile phone reuse and recycling program

1. Work with e-Stewards, such as certified mobile buyback and recycling companies. Our company was calling on an extremely large U.S. financial institution whose representative said that they already had a buyback and recycling solution in place through an “approved vendor.” Having never heard of the vendor, we decided to research the company.

After further investigation, we discovered that the vendor was actually a residential address using an unsecure, open garage to collect and refurbish mobile devices to sell on eBay. Toxic batteries and parts were being stored, discarded and shipped in unlawful and unethical manners. Needless to say, the institution immediately ceased all business activities with the vendor.

Before choosing a mobile buyback or asset recovery partner, make certain that they are e-Stewards Certified. Be wary of any recycling vendor that is vague about their recycling process and downstream partners. You should expect complete transparency and documentation of all business practices.

2. Mobile data security isn’t just restoring the factory settings.There are several mobile buyback and recycling Web sites, especially those with consumer-driven divisions, claiming “complete data deletion.” However, if you take the time to read the fine print in their terms and conditions, most will state that they take no responsibility for deleting the private data.

But there is much more to data security than simply restoring the factory settings on a device. When choosing a recycling partner, you need to examine their device-specific deletion methods, quality assurance testing practices, third-party verification audits, facility security, hiring policies, liability insurance coverage, and other procedures.

3. Do not trust your employees or third-party software with data deletion. It is a great advantage if your client has the resources to invest in remote data wiping solutions. However, even after resetting a device to factory settings, there are still applications and hidden menus that may still contain data, including owner contact information, passwords and pin numbers. Human error happens. Be certain your mobile buyback company has rigorous processes in place to permanently remove the data on every device as well as secondary quality assurance testing.

4. Make certain carrier services are canceled prior to reselling or recycling devices. Accidentally retiring devices that still have active service plans is a serious security risk due to continued data transmissions. It also often results substantial financial losses due to unnecessary carrier service charges. In the case of one of our large financial clients, it resulted in a loss of tens of thousands of dollars per year. Be sure your chosen wireless recycling company includes active phone line testing as part of their services and that they provide a complete list of devices (with phone numbers) that are found active.

5. A “destroy only” policy is bad for the environment and your budget. Corporate-liable devices that are not properly retired—stored in closets and desk drawers, directly donated to charities, trade-in programs or simply given to the employees—may expose confidential data. In an effort to battle security threats, some companies develop a mobile ‘destroy-only’ policy.

This physical destruction of reusable devices results in lost revenues, additional disposal expenses, energy waste and increased greenhouse gas emissions. It also denies bootstrapping entrepreneurs throughout the world the opportunity to reuse these technologies to build their businesses. Secure wireless reuse is great business.

6. Use mobile buyback as part of your corporate caring plan. Mobile asset recovery offers a viable alternative to traditional charitable donations and sponsorships. Your clients can choose to use a portion or all of their revenues as a tax-deductible charitable contribution.

For example, one of our large financial clients contributed more than $44,000 to a local hospital this year by donating a portion of their buyback proceeds. Additionally, a leading non-profit hospital raised more than $40,000 for two charities, including a local food bank. Half of the revenues from their mobile devices provided more than 60,000 meals for hungry families this year alone, and without impacting their budget.

7. Measure the environmental impact and celebrate your success. Have your wireless recycling partner provide you with annual environmental impact statements that measure the positive impact of your reuse and recycling programs. Report and celebrate the success with your clients.

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e-Cycle Donates Nearly $19,000 to JDRF from Mobile Phone Recycling Campaign

e-Cycle LLC presented an $18,901 check to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Mid-Ohio Chapter as a result of the company’s “e-Cycle for Type 1 Diabetes” campaign held from Nov. 15 through the 23, 2011. e-Cycle donated $1 for every mobile phone the company purchased or recycled during the week.

Christopher Irion, e-Cycle founder and father of a daughter diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, said the goal of the promotion was to 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 he also wanted to show the potential that wireless buyback and recycling holds as a new revenue stream for charitable organizations.

“The entire e-Cycle team is extremely proud to present this donation to JDRF and we are excited that we were able to raise this much money in only seven days,” Irion said. “But our contribution only scratches the surface of the potential that mobile buyback and recycling offers as a viable new revenue stream for charitable organizations.”

Irion added, since 2005, e-Cycle has donated more than $1 million to various U.S. charities from proceeds raised through corporate mobile buyback, and that much more can be raised if enterprises can make mobile recycling a part of their corporate caring strategy. e-Cycle pays businesses and organizations between $1 and $280 dollars for each mobile device that can be reused, and recycles all other devices and accessories at no cost to make certain they do not end up in landfills. According to Irion, wireless mobile buyback offers a unique way for organizations to give back to the community without impacting their bottom line.

“This donation will fund life-saving research that will benefit everyone with type 1 diabetes, not only those in the Central Ohio area but across the country as well,” said JDRF Mid-Ohio Chapter Executive Director Cathy Paessun. “This one-week effort demonstrates the powerful impact corporations can have in terms of raising money and awareness of the need to fund research to cure, treat and prevent this insidious disease. The Irions know first hand that a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes is life-changing for the entire family. We appreciate their bringing not just their personal efforts to fund a cure but putting the resources of their company behind the cause as well.”

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.

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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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Mobile Phone ‘Destroy-Only’ Policies – Bad for business, the environment and your bottom line | e-Cycle

In an effort to battle ever-increasing mobile security threats, many companies choose to develop an end-of-life electronic ‘destroy-only’ policy to combat these issues and ensure that their confidential information remains secure. Data deletion and asset recovery, however, offer alternative options that are both environmentally friendly and cost effective.

Physical destruction of mobile devices not only requires additional destruction and disposal expenses but also contributes to the growing issue of electronic waste. Since most smartphones retain 50% or more of their retail value even after 18 months of use, developing an asset recovery program within your organization will put money into your telecom budget and allow for upgrades to the newest mobile technology.

Asset recovery and recycling companies will purchase your functioning devices and prepare them for reuse in secondary markets. According to the EPA, reusing an electronic device saves up to 20 times more energy than recycling alone. Reusable mobile phones and devices purchased by an asset recovery company are sent through data removal process to permanently delete private information. Devices that do not still retain resale value are shredded and the materials recycled in an eco-friendly manner.

If your company policies prevent your organization from receiving a check back for your wireless devices, inquire with an asset recovery organization on alternative options for payment. Monthly bill payments can often be made directly to your wireless carrier. With ever increasing budget constraints, mobile phone buyback also offers a creative way to raise money for the charity of your choice. Your company can raise money through a mobile buyback program and a check can be written directly to the charity on your behalf.

With electronic waste representing 70% of the toxins in our landfills, it is imperative that organizations put policies in place to address this crucial growing issue. Mobile data security is a serious concern, but a destroy-only policy wastes energy and new revenue opportunities. Studies have shown that extending the service life of the phone from one to four years decreases the environmental impacts by about 40%. Recycling and reuse of your organization’s mobile phones will ensure a safe and sustainable end-of-cycle program that keeps the toxic materials inside of wireless phones out of landfills and ensures your sensitive data remains secure.

e-Cycle’s Mobile Phone Asset Recovery, Recycling and Data Security Solutions
e-Cycle delivers solutions for the security and sustainability issues that encompass end-of-life mobile phone procedures.  e-Cycle will purchase your used, functioning mobile devices that still retain resale value as well as delete all private data and recycle non-reusable devices at no charge. Our rigorous of data security process provides our customers with peace of mind that their confidential company information will remain secure. With a zero landfill policy, e-Cycle shreds all devices that cannot be reused and the materials are recycled in an ISO Certified, EPA-registered recycling facility.

For more information, visit www.e-Cycle.com or contact gogreen@e-Cycle.com or (877) 215-5255.

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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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Mobile Phone Recycling Raises $44k for Levine Children’s Hospital | e-Cycle

Mobile phone buyback and recycling company e-Cycle collaborates with prominent financial institution to donate more than $44 thousand dollars for Charlotte Hospital
e-Cycle LLC, a wireless asset recovery and recycling company based in Columbus, Ohio, made an anonymous donation of $44,687 to Levine Children’s Hospital on behalf of a prominent financial intuition yesterday. Partnering with e-Cycle, the organization raised the funds for this charitable contribution through a mobile recycling program.

The check was presented to Mark Griffith with Carolinas HealthCare Foundation during the Levine Children’s Hospital Charity Golf Tournament at the Old Sycamore Golf Plantation. e-Cycle purchased and recycled thousands of used mobile devices from the anonymous institution and was asked to donate the revenues to the hospital.

“We are honored to benefit from e-Cycle’s generosity,” said Mark Griffith with Carolinas HealthCare Foundation.  “Thanks to the continuing support of great companies like e-Cycle, Levine Children’s Hospital is able to provide the absolute best medical care to children and families, close to home.”

According to e-Cycle founder and CEO Chris Irion, many of e-Cycle’s enterprise clients are seeking new, inventive ways to give back to the community. He said that wireless recycling offers a convenient and rewarding way to raise money for charity while protecting the environment as well as the company bottom line.

To learn more about cell phone recycling for charity, visit www.e-Cycle.com.

About Levine Children’s Hospital
Levine Children’s Hospital is a 234-bed hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, located on the main campus of Carolinas Medical Center. Since opening in December 2007, the hospital has grown to include more than 30 pediatric specialties and has already received national distinction by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” for treatment of kidney disorders. Learn more at http://www.levinechildrenshospital.org.

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 iPhones, BlackBerrys, smartphones, iPads and other cell phones that still retain value and recycles all others at no charge through an EPA-registered facility. The company has a 100 percent zero landfill policy. The information on every device is either deleted or destroyed through rigorous mobile security measures.

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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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Win an Apple iPad2 in May for Recycling Your Business Cell Phones | e-Cycle

Don’t just recycle it – e-Cycle it!
Spring is the perfect time to commit to responsible wireless recycling by cleaning out those old corporate-liable cell phones that have been sitting in a box collecting dust and creating a data security nightmare. Plus you may win a new Apple iPad2 for your office!

e-Cycle declared April “National Recycle Your Cell Phone Month” to help raise awareness for the growing e-waste problem with mobile devices.  e-Cycle is offering businesses and organizations a chance to win one of four Apple iPad2s when they recycle and/or sell their used wireless devices with the us from now through May 31.

Let e-Cycle put money back into your telecom budget to help your organization upgrade to the latest technologies, while cleaning the data and recycling your end-of-life devices at no cost. We provide free shipping and complete reporting for all mobile devices. Click here to receive a quick quote for your used wireless phones.

Entering the contest is easy:

  • Request a Wireless Buyback Estimate to receive a no-obligation buyback quote for your mobile devices. Remember, recycling and data deletion is always free!
  • Download the official entry form here or by clicking the link below
  • Fill out the form and include it with the package of mobile devices to be recycled.

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

EPA Mobile e-Waste Quick Facts

  • About 50 million cell phones are replaced worldwide a month, and only 10 percent are recycled.
  • Recycling one million cell phones reduces greenhouse gas emissions equal to taking 1,368 cars off the road for a year.
  • One cell phone has enough toxins—arsenic, mercury, and lead—to contaminate 40,000 gallons of water.
  • The extreme amount of lead in electronics alone causes damage in the central and peripheral nervous systems, the blood and the kidneys.
  • Reusing electronic devices saves up to 20 times more energy than recycling alone.

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

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