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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Mobile Phone Buyback and Recycling Company e-Cycle Ranked 3rd Fastest Growing Company in Central Ohio

Recycler of used cell phones recognized after achieving more than 200 percent revenue growth and creating green jobs

e-Cycle has been named the 3rd fastest growing company in Central Ohio by Columbus Business First on the publication’s annual Fast 50 list which recognizes top performing businesses over the last three years. This is the second year e-Cycle has been recognized in the Fast Fifty, placing #14 in 2010.

A leading provider of cell phone buyback, data protection and recycling, Columbus-based e-Cycle was named to the list after growing its revenue by more than 400 percent since 2007. This year’s winners and final rankings were revealed at the 16th Annual Fast 50 Luncheon and Awards ceremony on October 12th. Fast 50 nominees must be headquartered in Central Ohio and be privately held, for-profit companies that have accrued at least $1 million in revenue per year over the last three years.

“The entire e-Cycle team is thrilled to have achieved this ranking in Central Ohio,” said Chris Irion, founder and chief executive officer of e-Cycle. “We could not have achieved this growth without acquiring the exceptional group of dedicated, passionate employees that we have in place today and the environmental-stewardship of our enterprise clients. It is an exciting time for our company, especially as an environmental services organization, and we look forward to expanding our operations in 2012.”

Irion recently won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the South Central Ohio/Kentucky region and will compete for the national award on November 12 in Palm Springs, California.

About e-Cycle
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 cost-effective approach to wireless recycling. The company collects wireless phones from businesses and major organizations, reimbursing them for devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge through an ISO Certified, EPA-registered facility. The company has a zero landfill policy. The information on every phone is either deleted or destroyed through the industry’s most rigorous data security measures. e-Cycle is the market share leader among the Fortune 1000, serving financial institutions, manufacturers, healthcare organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and technology companies, among others.

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

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Tips to Actively Prevent Corporate Mobile Security Attacks | e-Cycle

As threats to mobile data security become more common each day, businesses and organizations have a major responsibility to protect sensitive corporate data. To prevent company information from being compromised, businesses need to take a proactive approach to this growing issue and ensure their confidential information remains secure.

Cybercrime has become a lucrative business and is no longer limited to individual hackers. These criminals will use advanced, undetectable methods to steal data and wreak havoc on corporate networks. Many corporations are taking an “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” approach to mobile security. While enforcing current mobile security protocols is an essential first step to the process, company mobile security procedures need to be reexamined and adapted to manage emerging trends.

When creating or modifying mobile security policies, companies need to consider not only the authentication of devices but also how devices are used outside of the corporate network. Another important factor businesses need to take into account is the accessibility of these devices to third parties such as employee family or friends. Overlooking any of these circumstances can lead to instances of inadvertent compromising of confidential company information.

Social Media has also become a big issue for mobile security threats. Not only does this media produce direct risks such as malicious links, these news feeds cause unintentional dangers as well. Social media has caused a cultural evolution in how our society communicates both on a personal and corporate level. While posts to Facebook and Twitter may not cause an immediate mobile threat, the analysis of various feeds could allow a hacker to track a users location or find weakness in a corporate network.

While social media provides unique marketing tools, it also provides an opportunity for security breach. Employees can unintentionally leak confidential company information through social media outlets. Companies need to develop a corporate procedure for social media etiquette and incorporate this into employee training to encourage proper online conduct. It is essential for businesses not only to implement security protocols but also help employees understand why it is crucial to implement them. Educating employees on current trends and increasing mobile threats will help prevent against security breaches.

The use of cloud computing is creating a large mobile security concern as well. When confidential company data is outsourced to third party vendors, businesses need to be aware of data management and accessibility. Organizations need to know their partner, understand their partner’s privacy policy and ensure it is being enforced.

Despite these and other security risks on mobile devices, the security initiatives are at the beginning stages. Corporate policies need to be modified so they apply to new and expanding technologies. Waiting to change these policies until there is an issue is a risk that companies cannot afford to take. Reviewing existing business procedures, consolidating IT infrastructure and implementing educational sessions among employees will all provide a level of defense to protect businesses from mobile security threats.

For more information view the full story Common oversights in enterprise data security by Kevin Kwang at http://www.zdnetasia.com/common-oversights-in-enterprise-data-security-62302289.htm.

e-Cycle provides secure end-of-life mobile phone asset recovery and recycling for businesses
Mobile phone security is becomes more tempting to hackers and cyber criminals everyday. Trusted by more than 7,000 organizations nationwide, including some of the largest companies in the world, e-Cycle not only provides complimentary mobile phone recycling and wireless device buyback services to businesses but also provides these organizations peace of mind through rigorous, end-of-life data security processes. To find out more on e-Cycle’s mobile phone asset recovery, recycling, and data deletion services, visit www.e-cycle.com.

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e-Cycle Founder Tonia Irion to be Honored as a Visionary Leader

Co-founder of the Columbus, Ohio based mobile phone buyback, data protection and recycling company to be honored as a visionary at Columbus Young Professionals “Celebrating Visionaries” event.

Tonia Irion, co-founder of mobile phone buyback and recycling company e-Cycle LLC will be one of three woman and two men, each under the age of 40, to be honored during the 2nd Annual “Celebrating Visionaries” Awards Gala on November 4, 2011.

Along with Irion, this year’s eclectic panel of honorees include: Jackie Dorman, Founder and President of Jane TV; Matt Crumpton, President of Music Loves Ohio; TyKiah Wright, Founder of WrightChoice; Adam Brouillette, Co-founder of Wonderland Columbus; and Meredith Joy, Executive Director of Yay Bikes!

“I am incredibly honored to be one of local business professionals recognized by the CYP Club,” said Irion. “It is a truly a privilege to be included with such an amazing group of dynamic, young entrepreneurs. e-Cycle’s success is due solely to the passionate team that has worked incredibly hard throughout the years to realize our vision. I look forward to attending the event, supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and learning more about my co-honorees.”

“Celebrating Visionaries” is presented by the Columbus Young Professionals Club and will be held at Creekside Conference & Event Center in Gahanna, Ohio. The event features a cocktail reception followed by an inspiring multi-media production that tells the compelling stories of each honoree. A champagne toast, dessert reception, and a high-energy party commence immediately after the awards program. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

For more information about the “Celebrating Visionaries” awards ceremony, visit www.centralohioevents.com/visionaries.

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 cost-effective approach to wireless recycling. The company collects wireless phones from businesses and major organizations, reimbursing them for devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge through an ISO Certified, EPA-registered facility. The information on every phone is either deleted or destroyed through the industry’s most rigorous data security measures. e-Cycle is the market share leader among the Fortune 1000, serving financial institutions, manufacturers, healthcare organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and technology companies, among others.

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

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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 Mobile Recycling CEO Chris Irion Named 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year in South Central Ohio and Kentucky Region

CEO of Columbus, Ohio based wireless mobile buyback, data protection, and recycling company honored with prestigious Cleantech Award

On June 30, e-Cycle LLC CEO Chris Irion was announced as the winner of the Ernst & Young 2011 Entrepreneur Of The Year award in the Cleantech category for the South Central Ohio and Kentucky region. The award was presented at the at the Ernst & Young Award Gala in Cincinnati, Ohio. View all award winners here.

An elite group of judges, consisting of previous winners, CEOs and regional business leaders, selected Irion based on his demonstration of excellence and success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to his business and community. Chris credited the success of the company to his outstanding internal team and the growing list of e-Cycle clients dedicated to environmental protection through mobile phone recycling.

“I am truly honored to be chosen among such a distinguished group of business leaders,” said Irion. “I owe e-Cycle’s success not only to the amazing team of professionals we have developed throughout the years, but also our corporate clients that understand the importance of wireless recycling and data protection. I would not be here today without their continual support and dedication to environmental stewardship.”

Chris, along with the other regional honorees, will represent the South Central Ohio and Kentucky region at the Entrepreneur of the Year National Awards Gala on November 12, 2011, in Palm Springs, California. This gala will be the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, a weeklong gathering of the nation’s most prestigious high-growth, market leading companies.

Chris and his wife Tonia founded e-Cycle with their passion for technology, environmental protection, and charitable giving.  Recognizing the growing problem of cell phone e-waste and mobile data protection, they acted upon a unique opportunity to channel these passions toward a new venture that would address an emerging issue of corporate responsibility.

Since its inception in 2005, e-Cycle has purchased or recycled more than seven million devices, paid clients more than $12 million through its mobile buyback services and kept more than 240,000 pounds of e-waste out of landfills through the company’s complimentary recycling services to businesses. Millions of gallons of drinking water each year are contaminated due to the harmful toxins from e-waste in landfills.

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 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.  e-Cycle is also an official enterprise recycling partner of Verizon Wireless.

About the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program recognizes business leaders in more than 140 cities and more than 50 countries around the world.

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

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Apple Now Selling Unlocked iPhone 4s – Upgrade to the Latest Unlocked Apple iPhone 4 Through e-Cycle’s Corporate iPhone 4 Buyback Program | e-Cycle

Apple is now offering all the features of the iPhone 4 with the option to activate the device on the GSM wireless carrier of your choice. This new iPhone provides the ideal solution for users who do not want a multi-year service contract or prefer using local carriers when traveling abroad. In addition, e-Cycle can help your organization upgrade to the latest iPhone technology by providing asset recovery for your company’s used mobile phones.

In the past, the iPhone 4 has been sold with a micro-SIM card or a small memory card that stores user wireless account information. The unlocked iPhone 4 will arrive without a micro-SIM card and users will simply obtain a micro-SIM directly from a GSM carrier.

GSM or Global System Mobile Communications is an industry standard and is used by most carriers around the world. Buying an unlocked iPhone 4 allows users to choose their own GSM carrier and because they are not committed to a long-term contract, GSM users have the ability to change carriers at any time. The unlocked iPhone 4 will also work with GSM carriers worldwide. Frequent travelers can even use multiple carriers.

For companies making the switch to the new unlocked iPhone 4, e-Cycle’s Apple iPhone buyback service delivers a simple solution for an upgrade. Not only will e-Cycle purchase your organization’s used iPhones, but also provide complimentary mobile data security and recycling services. e-Cycle data security experts will evaluate each device, erase all sensitive data and responsibly recycle all non-functioning mobile phones at no charge to the customer.

e-Cycle works with nearly 7,000 organizations nationwide, including some of the largest companies in the world. Since its inception in 2005, our company has purchased or recycled more than seven million wireless devices.

To find out more on e-Cycle’s mobile phone buyback, recycling, and data deletion services, or to request a quote, visit www.e-cycle.com.

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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!
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