Congratulations to e-Cycle Mobile Buyback and Recycling’s April Earth Day Giveaway Winner

e-Cycle congratulates Patty L. from Texas as the winner of a $500 Amazon gift card for participating in our Earth Day Giveaway last month! Thank you to all of our clients for your commitment to protecting the environment and recycling your used mobile devices with e-Cycle.

There is still time to sell and recycle your organization’s mobile phones and tablets with e-Cycle for the chance to win our Summer Kickoff Giveaway. Any organization that sells and/or recycles their devices with e-Cycle by May 31, 2013, is eligible for our random drawing to win one of five $100 Ticketmaster gift cards, good towards thousands of music, sports, theater or family events. Visit our Current Promotions page to access the official entry form and learn more.

 

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Responsibly Sell or Recycle Your Phones and Tablets with e-Cycle in May for the Chance to Win One of Five $100 Ticketmaster Gift Cards

To encourage responsible mobile phone recycling in May, e-Cycle is offering our clients the chance to win one of five $100 Ticketmaster gift cards with our Summer Kickoff Giveaway. Any organization that sells or recycles their mobile devices through e-Cycle by May 31, 2013 will be entered into a random drawing to win one of five $100 Ticketmaster gift cards good towards thousands of music, sports, theater or family events.

Entering the giveaway is easy:

Assisting businesses in taking a responsible, secure and profitable approach to wireless mobile phone recycling, e-Cycle purchases used cell phones and tablets that retain value and recycles all others at no charge. The data on every phone is either deleted or destroyed using the industry’s most rigorous mobile data security measures. Not only does e-Cycle maintain a strict zero landfill policy, their e-Stewards Certification also ensures dedication to upholding the highest global standards for environmental responsibility.

Visit our Current Promotions page or contact e-Cycle to learn more.

*No selling or recycling of devices is necessary to enter. Some restrictions apply. View the official rules.

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e-Cycle Mobile Buyback and Recycling Teams Up with the St. Louis Cardinals to Recycle Fans’ Used Cell Phones

e-Cycle, the leading mobile buyback, data security and recycling company, is excited to announce our partnership with the St. Louis Cardinals to celebrate Earth Day and participate in the organization’s 4th annual Green Week. e-Cycle will be on-site collecting used cell phones at Busch Stadium April 26, 27 and 28, when the Cardinals play host to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

An e-Stewards certified recycler, e-Cycle provides the industry’s highest standards for the reuse and recycling of electronic devices and protecting private data. When fans turn in their used phones, e-Cycle will remove all sensitive data and recycle the devices.

All proceeds from the cell phones collected will go to Cardinals Care, the team’s nonprofit foundation dedicated to caring for kids. All donations will be processed through the e-Cycle Foundation, e-Cycle’s non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating charitable giving through revenues generated from mobile recycling programs.

To help encourage fan participation, e-Cycle’s Founder and CEO, Christopher Irion will throw the ceremonial first pitch at Saturday’s game.

“We consider it a tremendous honor to work with such a storied franchise as the St. Louis Cardinals,” Irion said. “The team’s commitment to green initiatives aligns with our goal of minimizing the amount of e-waste that accumulates from millions of discarded mobile devices.”

Irion added, “I’m working on my curve ball and am confident it will hit the strike zone.”

Since 2012, e-Cycle has recycled more than 1 million mobile devices for enterprise clients, kept more than 250,000 pounds of toxic e-waste out of landfills and greatly reduced unnecessary carbon emissions and energy waste through reuse of mobile devices. Since 2008, the Cardinals have diverted nearly 2,000 tons of solid waste from local landfills and Busch Stadium continues to work towards become more energy efficient.

e-Cycle helps organizations take a more responsible, secure and profitable approach to wireless mobile asset-recovery and recycling. e-Cycle collects used mobile phones and tablets, reimbursing businesses for devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge. The information on every device is removed using the industry’s most rigorous mobile data security measures.

Visit www.e-Cycle.com to sell and recycle your mobile devices and learn out more about recycling for charity.

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Sell or Recycle Your Phones and Tablets with e-Cycle in April for the Chance to Win a $500 Amazon Gift Card

Celebrate Earth Day by responsibly selling or recycling your organization’s used mobile phones and tablets through e-Cycle between now and April 30, 2013 and be entered into a random drawing to win one $500 Amazon gift card.

Entering the giveaway is easy:

The EPA estimates that 150 million, or four per second, used wireless devices end up in U.S. landfills each year and that e-waste is responsible for 70 percent of the toxic substances in our landfills today. The lead leached from one cell phone’s lithium ion battery in a landfill can contaminate up to 40,000 gallons of water. e-Cycle helps businesses and organizations take a more responsible, secure and cost effective approach to wireless recycling. e-Cycle collects used cell phones and tablets from businesses and major organizations, reimbursing them for mobile devices that retain value and recycling others at no charge. The private data stored on these devices is permanently removed through the industry’s most rigorous data deletion process.

In January 2012, e-Cycle became the first mobile phone buyback and recycling company in the world to become e-Stewards Certified. e-Stewards is the globally recognized certification that e-Cycle consistently upholds the highest standards for responsible recycling and reuse of electronic equipment, worker safety and data security. e-Cycle maintains a strict zero landfill policy. For more information on responsible wireless recycling, visit www.e-Cycle.com.

*No selling or recycling of devices is necessary to enter. Some restrictions apply. Visit our Current Promotions page or contact e-Cycle to learn more.

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e-Cycle Mobile Buyback and Recycling Congratulates Friendly Earth on Achieving e-Stewards Certification

e-Cycle congratulates the nonprofit electronic recycling organization, Friendly Earth, on achieving e-Stewards Certification from the Basel Action Network. An e-Stewards Certification allows individuals and organizations to easily identify electronics recyclers that uphold the highest standards of environmental responsibility, data security and social responsibility. Seattle based, Friendly Earth offers free electronic recycling services to the public, which include an onsite drop-off location, as well as contracted pickups and community events.

e-Cycle is the first mobile buyback and recycling company in the world to achieve the e-Stewards certification. e-Cycle helps businesses and organizations take a more responsible, secure and cost effective approach to wireless recycling by collecting wireless phones and tablets from businesses and major organizations, reimbursing them for mobile devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge. The information on every phone is either deleted or destroyed through the industry’s most rigorous data security measures.

Visit www.e-Cycle.com to learn how you can sell and recycle your used cell phones and mobile devices while responsibly recycling e-waste.

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e-Cycle Mobile Buyback and Recycling Company Congratulates LifeSpan on Achieving e-Stewards Certification

The first mobile buyback and recycling company in the world to achieve the status of e-Stewards certification, e-Cycle, congratulates LifeSpan on achieving the rigorous e-Stewards Certification at four of their U.S. locations. LifeSpan specializes in Information Technology Asset Disposition (ITAD), secure data destruction, IT remarketing, and electronics recycling. The company’s Denver, Tampa, Omaha and San Diego locations have received the stringent certification.

This accomplishment secures LifeSpan as a leader in responsible recycling, environmental protection and international legal compliance. e-Stewards is the globally recognized certification that ensures electronic recyclers consistently uphold the highest standards for responsible recycling and reuse of electronic equipment, worker safety and data security. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that 70-80% of “reputable” recyclers are sending e-waste to remote villages in developing countries where harmful practices and the use of slave labor are often used to reclaim the precious metals inside electronic devices. e-Stewards certified recyclers adhere to the most rigorous social and environmental standards. This is the only global certification that strictly prohibits the export of toxic e-waste into developing countries and bans the use of child and prison labor.

The EPA estimates that 150 million (four per second) used wireless devices end up in landfills each year, polluting the environment and our waterways. e-Cycle helps businesses and organizations take a more responsible, secure and cost effective approach to wireless recycling. e-Cycle collects wireless phones from businesses and major organizations, reimbursing them for mobile devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge. The information on every phone is either deleted or destroyed through the industry’s most rigorous data security measures.

To find out more about how to safely sell or recycle used mobile devices with e-Stewards certified e-Cycle, visit www.e-Cycle.com.

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Responsible Mobile Phone Buyback and Recycling Reduces e-Waste and Costs for Businesses | e-Cycle

Companies often deliberately shorten product lifespans to ensure continued consumer spending. This process of ‘planned obsolescence’ means lower-cost product production for the manufacturer as well as an assurance that the consumer and businesses will eventually purchase new products or services as replacement for the old. Though this strategy may make good business sense, it challenges the idea of sustainability and causes significant harm to the environment.

Businesses want to keep their employees equipped with the latest technologies but do not want to pay excessive amounts for the newest devices. This demand results in manufacturers cutting corners during production and using inexpensive parts with a shorter life span. Implementing a mobile asset recovery program allows your organization to offset the cost of upgrading to the newest technologies while being environmentally responsible.

Increasingly shorter life cycles for mobile devices not only put a dent in telecom budgets but also in the earth’s natural resources. The production of mobile devices requires raw materials such as gold, silver and copper, as well as an energy-intensive process involving toxic materials that takes a heavy toll on the environment. In addition, once these devices become obsolete, they are often exported as e-Waste to developing nations where they clog up landfill sites.

Once in these developing countries, the e-Waste is dumped in toxic landfills where primitive open-acid baths and open-air burning are used to extract the precious metals inside. Not only do the extraction methods cause substantial harm to the environment, the inhalation of the toxic fumes emitted can cause significant health problems and even death for the local men, women and children in these regions.

The EPA estimates that 70 to 80 percent of electronics recycling companies in this country either directly or indirectly export electronic waste into “toxic wastelands” in these countries. e-Stewards®, a leading global program, allows businesses looking to dispose of their old electronic equipment to easily identify recycling companies that adhere to the highest standards of environmental responsibility and employee protection. Created by the Basel Action Network (BAN), e-Stewards Certification is the only electronics recycler certification program that prohibits the export of hazardous waste to developing countries, requires a certified ISO 14001 and R2 environmental management system, includes industry-specific worker health and safety requirements and bans the use of prison labor in handling of sensitive data.

In January of this year, e-Cycle became the first mobile phone buyback and recycling company to achieve e-Stewards Certification. e-Cycle provides businesses a safe and environmentally friendly method for the disposal of used mobile phones and devices. Assisting organizations in taking a more responsible, secure and profitable approach to wireless recycling, e-Cycle purchases used cell phones and tablets that still retain value and responsibly recycles all others at no charge through an EPA-registered facility. A rigorous multi-step data deletion process permanently removes confidential data stored on these devices. Not only does e-Cycle maintain a strict zero landfill policy, their e-Stewards Certification also ensures dedication to upholding the highest global standards for environmental responsibility.

Companies continuously replacing old gadgets for new ones will become an unsustainable business practice unless a proper electronics and mobile recycling program is implemented. Not only is it costly for businesses but e-Waste is also the world’s fastest growing waste stream. Without a responsible electronic recycling process, the earth’s natural resources will continue to deplete and toxic e-Waste will continue piling up in the landfills of developing countries. Partnering with e-Stewards Certified recyclers is the only way to ensure your organization can remain equipped with the latest technologies while still protecting the environment.

To find out more, view the article ‘Designed to fail’ electronics a global problem.

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e-Cycle Mobile Recycling Company Launches Nationwide Campaign to Raise Funds for Type 1 Diabetes Research During National Diabetes Month

The leading mobile buyback and recycling company is encouraging businesses and organizations to donate a portion of their mobile buyback revenue to support the cause.

e-Cycle, the leading mobile buyback and recycling company, is encouraging businesses and organizations to help raise funds for type 1 diabetes research during National Diabetes Month in November.

As part of the initiative, e-Cycle is asking its clients to donate a portion of their mobile buyback revenue to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). e-Cycle has a history of working with JDRF and has a personal interest in the organization, as company founders Christopher and Tonia Irion have a child with type 1 diabetes. Tonia also serves on the board of the Mid-Ohio Chapter of JDRF.

e-Cycle has assisted numerous businesses and organizations with charitable giving solutions through wireless recycling. During the campaign, e-Cycle will maximize the amount of money raised through mobile buyback, coordinate the donations on behalf of clients and write a check directly to the JDRF on their behalf.

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes research. The goal of its research is to improve the lives of all people affected by type 1 diabetes by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating and preventing the disease. Visit http://www.jdrf.org for more information.

The effort comes at a time when there will be a greater focus on recycling, as November 15 is America Recycles Day.

“We’re providing businesses and organizations with an avenue to make a difference on multiple levels,” said Tonia Irion, e-Cycle president. “They not only have the opportunity to protect the environment by recycling their enterprise mobile devices, but they also can support efforts to improve type 1 diabetes treatment and find a cure.”

This most recent campaign continues e-Cycle’s history of charitable giving to JDRF as well as other worthy causes. Earlier this year, e-Cycle partnered with Ford Motor Company on a program in which thousands of employees at Ford facilities across the U.S. are collecting their personal mobile phones for shipment to e-Cycle. For each phone collected from August through December, e-Cycle is donating $1 to JDRF. In October, e-Cycle joined with a prominent financial institution to raise nearly $96,000 for the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., through a mobile recycling program and golf charity event.

“JDRF is honored to have a partner in e-Cycle and the Irion’s. Tonia’s work on our Board is invaluable. She is raising the awareness of the need for research funding for type 1 diabetes in Central Ohio,” said Cathy Paessun, JDRF Mid-Ohio’s Executive Director.

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e-Cycle helps organizations take a more responsible, secure and profitable approach to wireless mobile phone recycling. e-Cycle collects used mobile devices from businesses and organizations, reimbursing them for mobile devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge. The information on every wireless phone is either deleted or destroyed using the industry’s most rigorous data security measures. For more information, visit www.e-Cycle.com.

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University Of Washington Becomes First University To Be Recognized As e-Stewards Enterprise | e-Cycle

e-Cycle congratulates the University of Washington for becoming the first educational institution to attain the status of e-Stewards® Enterprise. This designation recognizes companies, governments and institutions achieving the highest level of environmental stewardship and eliminating the export of hazardous e-Waste to developing countries.

One of the world’s fastest growing waste streams, electronic waste makes up 5 percent of the municipal solid waste worldwide. e-Waste is extremely hazardous, containing potentially toxic materials, and if not properly disposed of, these chemicals can cause serious environmental and health concerns. In addition, the U.S. EPA reports that 70 to 80 percent of electronics recycling companies directly or indirectly export electronic waste to developing countries overseas. Once in these countries, companies often use slave-like labor as well as unethical and hazardous working conditions to extract the precious metals in these electronic devices. e-Stewards Enterprises agree to use e-Stewards certified electronic recyclers to dispose of this hazardous toxic e-Waste.

The e-Stewards initiative identifies recyclers that adhere to the world’s most rigorous standards in electronics recycling. e-Stewards certified electronics recyclers adhere to the highest global standards for environmental protection and worker safety and strictly prohibit the export of e-Waste into developing countries.

In January 2012, e-Cycle became the first mobile buyback and recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification. Helping organizations take a more responsible, secure and cost-effective approach to wireless recycling, e-Cycle collects mobile phones from businesses and major organizations, reimbursing them for mobile devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge. The information on every phone is either deleted or destroyed through the industry’s most rigorous data security measures. Find more information at www.e-Cycle.com.

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Be Sure You Protect Your Data Before You Sell Your Used Apple iPhone to Offset the Cost of Buying the New Apple iPhone 5 | e-Cycle

With Apple’s September 12 announcement of its faster, lighter and thinner iPhone 5, many businesses are expected to upgrade their fleet of corporate mobile devices. But when it is time to upgrade to a newer technology, one of the biggest problems organizations will face is what to do with their used mobile devices.

These devices that were once so critical to the workforce are quickly cast aside as obsolete. This happens to thousands of mobile phones every day. However, nearly 100 percent of Apple devices still retain a significant resale value, even after 24 to 36 months of use, and can be reused in developing countries overseas where the technologies are highly valued and desperately needed.

In fact, organizations can recoup 75 to 90 percent of their initial investment in their Apple technologies by implementing a timely and responsible mobile reuse and recycling program. Mobile buyback revenues equate to tens-of-thousands of dollars for e-Cycle’s enterprise clients annually.

There is one more important thing for businesses to consider when reselling and recycling used mobile devices, and that is data security. Organizations should not base their mobile recycling decision solely on price and hand over their outdated devices to just anybody. Data security does not end when a phone is retired. Mobile devices are archives of confidential data and if a device is discarded, donated or reused improperly, private data can be accessed. Often, sensitive information remains even after the phone has been brought back to factory settings.

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. If you depend solely upon individual employees to clear data on the devices, you are taking a serious risk of your sensitive corporate information ending up in the wrong hands.

A recent audit from e-Cycle’s internal operations department found that 27% of devices from enterprise clients who claim to have pre-wiped their mobile phones prior to sending them for recycling still contained sensitive information, including key customer contact information, personal photos and videos, and pin numbers.

e-Cycle, the first mobile buyback and recycling company to become e-Stewards certified, provides industry leading end-of-life data protection and ensures mobile security for outdated iPhones and other smartphones. e-Cycle collects used cell phones from businesses, providing reimbursement for all devices that retain resale value. All other devices are recycled at no charge. Using rigorous data protection measures, e-Cycle ensures that the information stored on every device is completely erased. To find out more on e-Cycle’s cell phone buyback, recycling and data deletion services, visit www.e-Cycle.com.

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