In response to client feedback and qualitative research, e-Cycle LLC has developed a comprehensive “Get Started e-Cycling” digital tool kit to assist large businesses and organizations initiate and manage an environmentally responsible, secure and profitable wireless mobile phone recycling program.
After conducting personal interviews with representatives from more than 500 leading U.S. enterprises, e-Cycle management discovered that while many organizations are aware of the escalating electronics waste problem in the U.S., as well as the financial and environmental benefits of wireless buyback, many lack the knowledge and/or resources to initiate a secure asset recovery and recycling program. According to e-Cycle VP of Sales Steve Clark, mobile data security is the main constraint enterprises face in starting a mobile phone recycling program.
“We found that many large organizations have no official recycling program in place and will either collect retired mobile phones in storage closets or simply destroy the reusable devices for scrap due to data security concerns,” said Clark. "These are not best practices from a security standpoint, an environmental standpoint or from a financial standpoint.”
Clark said that collecting and storing wireless devices (sometimes in the thousands) is not only a security concern because they still harbor sensitive business and private data, but also a financial mistake since many used mobile phones retain about 50 percent of their value up to 18 months after purchase. He went on to say that from an environmental perspective, reusing a wireless device saves 20 times more energy than simply recycling it for the precious metals. According to Clark, carrier trade-in programs are an option, however he said that these programs do not reap the financial rewards or address the stringent data security concerns that leading enterprises face.
“That’s why e-Cycle developed the ‘Get Started e-Cycling’ kit for enterprises,” Clark said. “Large companies and organizations have critical security, sustainability, legal, logistical, and financial concerns and questions that need to be addressed before initiating a responsible asset recovery and recycling program—especially in the financial, government, and healthcare industries. The digital kit helps address these concerns and the in-region e-Cycle account manager assigned to the organization will ensure the ongoing success of the program.”
Clark said the “Get Started e-Cycling” kit includes an interactive form that helps the organization identify answers to key logistical questions, as well as a detailed FAQ sheet, data security and environmental protection information, insurance overview, and other helpful documents. He said that coupled with the help and guidance of e-Cycle’s experienced regional account managers, the e-Cycle program makes it easy for enterprises to quickly and efficiently establish and maintain a sustainable, secure, and profitable wireless recycling program.
About e-Cycle LLC
Ranked the #8 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 has a zero landfill policy. e-Cycle buys used smartphones and other reusable mobile devices that still retain value and recycles all others at no charge through an ISO Certified, EPA-registered facility. The information on every device is either deleted or destroyed through rigorous mobile security measures. e-Cycle CEO Chris Irion recently won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Cleantech category in the South Central Ohio and Kentucky region.