e-Cycle Mobile Buyback and Recycling’s Founder and CEO, Chris Irion, featured for “Making the World a Better Place”

e-Cycle’s CEO and Founder, Chris Irion, was recently featured in a video that highlights several of the 2013 BlackBerry® Global Achievement Award recipients. e-Cycle was honored with a BlackBerry Achievement Award in the category of “Making the World a Better Place,” which showcases how the use of technology has made a positive impact on others.

The BlackBerry Achievement Awards recognize exceptional businesses, entrepreneurs and developers across the globe who push the boundaries of what’s possible with technological products and services. We are extremely honored to be recognized for providing innovative wireless asset-recovery and recycling solutions that are cost effective, secure and environmentally responsible.

e-Cycle was selected as a finalist for this recognition from among hundreds of businesses worldwide and was chosen as the winner after receiving the most votes in online ballot conducted by BlackBerry. Thank you again to our clients for their commitment to environmental protection and to the thousands of people who voted for e-Cycle online.

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e-Cycle Update: Global E-waste is Ending up in Toxic Wastelands in China

A recent United Nations report revealed that approximately 70 percent of globally produced e-waste is being exported to China for disposal, making it the largest e-waste dumping site in the world.

Many of these products are originally manufactured in China and are finding their way back through illegal exportation from developed countries, even though the U.N. has a ban that strictly prohibits this practice.

Over the past decade Guiyu, a small town in southeastern China, has become a major hub for the disposal of e-waste. Here, hundreds of thousands of people dismantle the world’s electronic junk in dangerous, primitive ways.  The effects on the environment and the health of the local community are catastrophic.

Environmental Pollution

The U.N. report stated that the e-waste disposal industry has caused “environmental calamity” in Guiyu. Much of the toxic pollution is a direct result of burning the equipment and washing it with hydrochloric acid.

The washing technique is used to obtain valuable metals from devices. For example, approximately 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered for every million cellphones recycled, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The U.N. report showed that using the burning and washing methods releases hydrocarbon ashes into the air, water and soil, and it contaminates the environment with toxic heavy metals.

Health Hazards

While Guiyu locals downplay the potential damage their work has on their health, studies conducted by Shantou University Medical College have shown reasons for concern. Reports revealed that many children tested in Guiyu had higher than average levels of lead in their blood, which is known to stunt the development of the brain and central nervous system.

In addition, mercury can be released into the environment during the dismantling and disposal of electronic devices like mobile phones, TVs and computer monitors. Mercury can easily accumulate within the food chain, particularly fish, causing damage to the brain and kidneys.

What can you do?

To ensure your wireless devices and other electronic equipment are being recycled responsibly, be sure to only work with an e-Stewards certified recycler. The certification is recognized globally and e-Stewards recyclers and their downstream vendors are rigorously audited to ensure they adhere to the highest standards for responsible recycling and reuse of electronic equipment. e-Stewards is the only electronics recycler certification in the world that strictly prohibits the export of toxic e-waste into developing countries, includes industry-specific worker health and safety requirements and bans the use of child, slave and prison labor.

e-Cycle is the first wireless buyback and recycling company in the world to achieve e-Stewards certification. To learn more about responsible mobile phone and tablet recycling, contact us at www.e-Cycle.com.

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Congratulations to Cyber City for becoming an e-Stewards Enterprise!

The entire e-Cycle team congratulates Cyber City Inc., a leading cloud solutions provider, for joining the e-Stewards Enterprise program. By becoming an e-Stewards business, Cyber City has made the commitment to ensure their e-waste will be managed, wherever possible, by e-Stewards Certified Recyclers.

e-Stewards recyclers adhere to the highest standards for responsible recycling and reuse of electronic equipment. e-Stewards is the only electronics recycling certification in the world that strictly prohibits the export of toxic e-waste into developing countries, includes industry-specific worker health and safety requirements and bans the use of child, slave and prison labor. The EPA estimates that 70 to 80 percent of electronics recyclers in the U.S. export toxic e-waste overseas into developing countries.

Glenn McGinnis, co-founder and CEO of Cyber City Inc., highlighted the importance of environmental stewardship in his organization.

”Our business is helping our clients get more from technology. Reducing environmental impact to a minimum is central to our mission and is a component of every service Cyber City offers,” said McGinnis.

Cyber City is the first technical support company based in New York’s “Silicon Alley” to become an e-Stewards Enterprise.

As the first mobile buyback and recycling company to become e-Stewards certified, e-Cycle applauds Cyber City for their environmental stewardship. If you are interested in selling and/or recycling your business mobile devices securely and responsibly, please visit www.e-Cycle.com.

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Five Fundamental Flaws of the 2013 R2 Standard for Electronics Recycling

The Basel Action Network (BAN) recently released a critique entitled “Five Fundamental Flaws: A Concise Critique of the R2:2013 Standard.” It speaks to the loopholes caused by the ambiguity of the certification, but does mention that the overall implementation of the R2 certification has improved.

“We remain disappointed and very concerned with the substance of the Standard itself, which has change little from the initial version (R2:2008) published five years ago,” BAN stated.

The fundamental flaws of the certification stem from what appear to be intentional loopholes that facilitate social and environmental irresponsibility in the electronic recycling and asset recovery industry. The critique outlined the following flaws:

  1. R2 does not adhere to international hazardous waste trade laws that apply to the exportation of used electronics. These laws, established under the Basel Convention, have been adopted by 180 countries and are the legal waste trading framework practiced worldwide. Basically, the R2 certification has no provisions that prohibit the export of harmful toxic waste. This creates problems for developing countries where e-waste is being imported because they do not have the appropriate infrastructure in place to prevent harm to the environment and to the health of their communities. Enterprises that recycle their mobile phones, tablets and other electronic devices may be at risk of having their electronics discovered in overseas “toxic wastelands.”
  2. R2 allows recyclers to be certified without certifying all of the facilities operating under the company’s control. This presents serious issues because irresponsible, unethical recyclers can externalize costs by sending toxic materials that require expensive management to developing countries. These organizations do not have to adhere to any regulations regarding the disposal of e-waste, while the parent company can still claim R2 certification.
  3. R2 allows insufficient Environmental, Health, & Safety Management System (EHSM) to be substituted for the internationally accepted ISO and OSHAS standards. To remedy issues with earlier versions of the R2 standard, the requirement for an EHSM System was added to R2:2013. This is problematic because it falsely implicates that an EHSM system is equivalent to the comprehensive and internationally accepted ISO standards. R2:2013 also fails to define any measurement to qualify an EHSM system as being acceptable.
  4. R2 does not require ethical labor practices. Unfortunately, child, slave and prison labor are still common practices in the recycling supply chain worldwide. The R2:2013 Standard fails the test of being socially responsible by excluding any reference to minimum labor standards. The terms “labor” and “social accountability” do not even appear in the Standard. E-waste contains hazardous materials and sensitive data, so a truly responsible certification must strictly exclude such dangerous and unethical practices.
  5. R2 does not require satisfactory occupational health and safety protections. The Standard fails to require mandatory air testing and does not prevent the shredding of devices containing hazardous materials like beryllium, cadmium or mercury. These practices can cause irreparable harm to the health of workers in the e-waste industry.

R2:2013 Standard’s ambiguity and refusal to acknowledge the guidelines of the Basel Convention creates loopholes for irresponsible recycling. It provides unwarranted credit to electronics recyclers who deceive consumers and businesses by allowing them to believe their devices are being recycled in a secure and responsible manner.

It is imperative that businesses and individuals properly recycle their retired devices with a responsible electronics recycler. BAN, together with industry leaders, developed the globally recognized e-Stewards certification program in an effort to eliminate the growing e-waste problem.

e-Stewards is the only electronics recycler certification that strictly prohibits the export of toxic e-waste into developing countries, includes industry-specific worker health and safety requirements and bans the use of child, slave and prison labor. Using e-Stewards certified recyclers guarantees the highest standards of environmental responsibility, data security and worker protection are being met.

To download BAN’s full report, visit http: www.e-cycle.com/wp-content/uploads/FiveFundamentalFlawFinal.pdf.

To learn more about responsible mobile phone and tablet recycling, visit www.e-Cycle.com.

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10TV Features e-Cycle Wireless Asset-Recovery and Recycling and Four Other Central Ohio Start-Ups

10TV’s Chuck Strickler created an outstanding news story featuring five central Ohio start-up businesses for changing how the world lives, works and plays. e-Cycle, Manta, InfoMotion, Acceptd and Columbus2020 each started with a small idea to solve a problem or make life a little easier, and turned it into a highly successful, growing company.

e-Cycle, located in Hilliard, Ohio, saw the mounting global e-waste issue and decided to do something about it. They provide businesses and consumers a responsible, secure and cost-effective solution for the reuse and recycling of mobile devices.

Manta is an online community of small businesses. They are committed to helping small business, like themselves, succeed. They allow small businesses to connect and promote their companies to 30 million to 40 million people a month.

InfoMotion is a Dublin-based sports data technology business. This year the company will debut the “9450” basketball. A sensor inside the ball captures motion data to help build muscle memory.

Acceptd’s founders Derek Brown and Don Hunter first thought of the idea for their website while in college at the University of Cincinnati. Their site was conceived to make it easier for students to apply to college.

Columbus 2020 partners with entrepreneurs to turn ideas into companies. These collaborations foster innovation and are effective due to lower costs, an established network of corporations and educated workers from local universities.

View 10TVs news segment “Starting Up Startups” here:

We thank Mr. Stickler and 10TV for dedicating so much time to showcasing emerging companies in central Ohio. For more information on 10TV’s featured central Ohio start-ups visit: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2013/06/26/wbns-10tv-news-presents-startups.html

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e-Cycle Your Cell Phones and Tablets in June for the Chance to Win a Summer Getaway

To celebrate the summer solstice on June 21 and encourage responsible mobile reuse and recycling, we are offering our clients the chance to win a summer getaway. Any organization that sells or recycles their mobile devices through e-Cycle by June 30, 2013, will be entered into a random drawing to win one $500 gift card to the airline of their choice.

Entering the giveaway is easy:

e-Cycle mobile buyback and recycling helps organizations take a more responsible, secure and profitable approach to the reuse and recycling of mobile phone and tablets. e-Cycle collects wireless devices, reimbursing businesses for devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge. The data on every device is deleted or destroyed using the industry’s most rigorous mobile data security measures. In addition to e-Cycle’s zero landfill policy, our e-Stewards certification ensures dedication to upholding the highest global standards for environmental responsibility.

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

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

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e-Cycle Mobile Buyback and Recycling Honored for “Making the World a Better Place”

e-Cycle mobile buyback and recycling received a BlackBerry® Global Achievement Award in the category of “Making the World a Better Place,” which showcases how the use of technology has made a positive impact on others. The BlackBerry Achievement Awards recognize exceptional businesses, entrepreneurs and developers across the globe who push the boundaries of what’s possible with technological products and services. We are  extremely honored to be recognized for providing innovative wireless asset-recovery and recycling solutions that are cost effective, secure and environmentally responsible.

e-Cycle was selected as a finalist for this recognition from among hundreds of businesses worldwide and was chosen the winner after receiving the most votes in online balloting conducted by BlackBerry. We thank our clients for their commitment to environmental protection and for the thousands of people who voted for e-Cycle online.

e-Cycle helps organizations take a more responsible, secure and profitable approach to wireless phone and tablet recycling. e-Cycle protects sensitive information on every device by using the industry’s most rigorous mobile data security measures to ensure no residual data remains. In January 2012, e-Cycle became the first mobile buyback and recycling company in the world to become e-Stewards®, R2 and ISO 14001 certified. For more information, visit www.e-Cycle.com.

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Mobile Buyback and Recycling Company, e-Cycle, Receives Prestigious Edison Award for Its Innovations in Protecting the Environment

e-Cycle has received the prestigious Bronze Edison Award for developing and offering mobile buyback and recycling services that adhere to the highest standards of environmental responsibility. e-Cycle was recognized for innovative services in the category of Environment and Conservation, earning the award for being the first wireless buyback and recycling company to achieve the stringent e-Stewards® certification and providing organizations with secure, environmentally responsible and profitable solutions to reuse and recycle wireless devices.

Since 1987, the Edison Awards™ have recognized ideas at the forefront of new products, services, marketing, design and innovation amongst the global economy. These distinguished awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by world-renowned American inventor, Thomas Edison, whose extraordinary new product development methods and innovative achievements garnered him 1,093 U.S. patents. Being recognized with an Edison Award has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business.

“We’re honored to be an Edison Award recipient and be recognized among such a prestigious group of innovators,” said Christopher Irion, e-Cycle co-founder and CEO. “We are committed to bringing value to our customers in a way that not only makes it convenient and cost beneficial for them, but also in a manner that ensures adherence to the very highest standards of environmental responsibility.”

Edison Award nominees were judged by a panel of more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics, including members of seven different associations representing a wide variety of industries and disciplines. The panel also included professionals in product development and design, engineering, science and education.

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 either deleted or destroyed using the industry’s most rigorous mobile data security measures.

Contact us at www.e-Cycle.com to learn more about e-Cycle’s secure, environmentally responsible and profitable solutions for mobile buyback, data protection and recycling.

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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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e-Cycle Mobile Buyback and Recycling Receives Two Global Business Excellence Awards

The entire e-Cycle team is honored to have received two Global Business Excellence Awards for Outstanding Green Initiatives and Outstanding Service. e-Cycle earned the international honors for its commitment to protecting the environment and delivering high-quality services to businesses, organizations and consumers.

“We very much appreciate the global recognition that we’ve received for our efforts,” said Christopher Irion, e-Cycle CEO. “It is a testament not only to the value we are bringing to businesses and consumers alike, but also to our commitment to doing so in the most environmentally responsible way.”

The Global Business Excellence Awards, based in the United Kingdom, recognize business excellence around the globe and across all sectors, including private and public companies as well as charity organizations that are working smarter to create a business edge.

In issuing the Outstanding Service award, the Global Business Excellence Awards commended e-Cycle for its rewarding approach to mobile recycling, “e-Cycle has developed the perfect solution for the recycling of the millions and millions of discarded wireless mobile devices that are thrown away every year in the U.S. It buys old devices from companies, rebuilds the ones in working order for the third-world market and disposes of the remaining ones in an environmentally friendly way. By cutting the telecom budget for companies, protecting the environment and helping poorer countries get access to mobile devices, e-Cycle keeps everyone happy. The high quality of the e-Cycle scheme is a wake-up call and a great role model for the recycling industry in other countries.”

In the category of Outstanding Green Initiative, the Global Business Excellence Awards referenced e-Cycle’s approach to environmental responsibility. “By working to the highest technical standards in the recycling of old mobile devices, e-Cycle has to be applauded for protecting the planet from pollutants and keeping electronic trash out of landfill sites. It pays companies for their old wireless mobile devices and through a meticulous process, it securely clears data and reconditions working devices for export to third-world countries. Any leftover waste is either shredded or recycled. Absolutely nothing ends up in landfill sites. This is about as green as it gets.”

Co-founded by Tonia and Christopher Irion in 2005, e-Cycle provides wireless buyback, recycling and data deletion services for enterprise and government organizations.  e-Cycle collects used mobile devices, reimbursing businesses for devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge. The information on every phone is either deleted or destroyed using the industry’s most rigorous mobile data security measures. In January 2012, e-Cycle became the first and only mobile buyback and recycling company in the world to become e-Stewards, R2, and ISO 14001 certified.

Contact us at www.e-Cycle.com to learn more about our environmentally responsible mobile buyback and recycling solutions.

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