Ford Teams Up with e-Cycle to Fight Diabetes

e-Cycle, the leading mobile buyback and recycling company, will donate $1 to JDRF for each mobile phone collected at Ford locations nationwide
Aug 1, 2012 10:35 PM ET

(3BL Media) August 1, 2012 - e-Cycle, the first mobile buyback and recycling company to receive the stringent e-Stewards certification, will partner with Ford Motor Company this August on a month-long initiative to raise funds for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research while recycling wireless phones.

"We look forward to working with e-Cycle and JDRF on this important initiative to raise funds for diabetes research," said Robert Brown, vice president, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Ford Motor Company. "By involving everyone in the effort, we are making our collective commitment to this cause while encouraging environmental responsibility."

As part of the program, thousands of employees at Ford buildings and plants across the U.S. will collect their personal mobile phones for shipment to e-Cycle's facility in Hilliard, Ohio, where the data will be removed using the most rigorous security measures and the devices will be recycled to the highest environmental standards.

e-Cycle will cover the cost of shipping and donate $1 to JDRF for each device recycled. Ford sites will compete to see which one can collect the most phones and raise the most money.

"JDRF is proud to have the support of both Ford Motor Company and e-Cycle through this partnership campaign," said Gael Sandoval, senior account manager, Ford Global Action Team, JDRF. "This collaborative effort will generate the dollars needed to help continue the funding of T1D research.

T1D affects both Ford employees and their families. e-Cycle also has a personal tie to JDRF, as company founders Chris and Tonia Irion have a child with T1D. Tonia serves on the board of the Mid-Ohio Chapter of JDRF.

"We are excited to be partnering with Ford and its employees in support of JDRF's commitment to finding better treatments and a cure," said Tonia Irion, e-Cycle vice president. "This initiative means a tremendous amount to all those who are living with type 1 diabetes."

e-Cycle is a leader in helping companies and organizations to achieve responsible, secure and cost-effective mobile recycling. The initiative with Ford is the first employee-driven mobile buyback and recycling fundraiser undertaken by e-Cycle. Last year, e-Cycle raised $19,000 for JDRF by making a donation for phones purchased or recycled over the course of one week.

Ford Motor Company is proud to be the number-one global partner of JDRF. The company created the Ford Global Action Team in 1998 to promote friendly competition among Ford sites to raise funds for JDRF. Since inception, Ford, along with business partners such as the UAW, BP, Mazda, ADESA and WPP, has contributed over $39 Million directly to JDRF to fund research.

e-Cycle believes the partnership with Ford is a model for how mobile buyback and recycling can serve as a foundation for corporate caring initiatives.

"With the help of e-Cycle, companies can promote data security and environmental responsibility while supporting causes that are important to their employees and customers," said e-Cycle CEO Chris Irion. "For charities, this kind of partnership provides an opportunity to enhance their revenue streams."

About e-Cycle

e-Cycle collects used mobile devices from businesses and organizations, reimbursing them for devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge. Forbes named e-Cycle the #68 Most Promising, Privately Held Company in America, and Inc. ranked e-Cycle the #5 Fastest Growing Environmental Services Company in the U.S. e-Cycle is the first mobile buyback and recycling company in the world to become e-Stewards certified. Visit

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. Visit

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 research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. Visit

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