The Columbus Foundation featured e-Cycle wireless asset recovery and recycling founders, Chris and Tonia Irion, in their summer newsletter. The article, “Celebrating Homegrown Success Stories,” discusses how the Irions turned their passions for charitable giving, protecting the environment and technology into a successful business.

Founded in 2005, e-Cycle purchases nearly 500 types of used mobile phones and tablets that retain value and recycles all others at no charge. e-Cycle was the first wireless recycling company in the world to achieve e-Stewards certification, the global gold standard for environmental stewardship.

The article highlights one of e-Cycle’s most important core values, charitable giving:

In keeping with their goal of charitable giving, the Irions help companies maximize the amount of money they raise through mobile buyback and write a check directly to the charity of the company’s choice on its behalf.

“We’ve raised millions for our clients and their charities of choice and kept millions of devices out of landfills. Just this year alone, we’ll keep roughly four to five million phones and accessories out of landfills,” Chris said.

In January 2013, the Irions established the e-Cycle Foundation of The Columbus Foundation. e-Cycle clients can donate directly to the foundation and then suggest a charity to support with all or some of the money they recoup from their old devices.

To read the full article, click here.

To find out more about donating your used mobile phones and tablets to raise money for charity, visit

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