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Vote for ecycler!

March 12th, 2011 2 comments

We’ve entered the Green Giant “The Green Awards” contest.

Come Vote for ecycler!

On the ecycler contest page, click on the “Vote Now!” next to the video… It will most likely ask you to register which takes less than 120 seconds.

The registration process is easy, it will ask for a name, email address, password, birth date, city, ZIP code and where you grocery shop.

This is a spam-free site…

We really appreciate the vote! Please also tell your friends and family.

ELEVATOR PITCH:

At ecycler.com we bring together those who have recyclables to give away with those who want to collect those recyclables. Many US households, institutions and businesses are not offered curb-side recycling; we’re giving them that option.

The collectors—or community entrepreneurs—will redeem the recyclables they collect for cash.

We believe that the easiest way for individuals to make a difference in the improvement of the environment is to recycle, and our goal is to make it even easier by pairing discarders and collectors through our web site.

We currently are trying to reach people who would like to become ecycler discarders; we hope to get businesses apartments and groups of friends to start saving their recyclables for their local collector. Also we are looking for people to become a local ecycler collector and pick up recyclables from the discarders.

Don’t forget: Check out the contest and Vote for ecycler, we really appreciate it: http://voteforecycler.com/

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2011 Free Enterprise Honoree

March 1st, 2011 No comments

Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced ecycler as one of 25 Free Enterprise Honorees, recognizing our critical role in job creation and economic growth.

The Awards Program is designed to commend businesses across the nation for their strong business practices and contributions to the economy.

“We are proud to recognize your business’ success story and are impressed with your company’s accomplishments.”

Award criteria were based on staff training and motivation, community involvement, customer service and business strategies & goals.

Congrats to the 75 Blue Ribbon Small Business Award winners. We’ll see you next year!

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ecycler Wins the Challenge

February 8th, 2011 No comments

Ecycler has won the Fairfield Inn & Suites Small Business Road to Success Challenge!

As one of ten small business finalists vying for the grand prize of $20,000, ecycler received 15 free nights at Fairfield Inn & Suites to be used between September 13 and December 9 to travel around the country for the sole purpose of growing its business.

Ecycler shared its journey with the public by blogging, tweeting and posting photos. Several videos were also produced and uploaded to YouTube accessible via ecycler.tv. During the Fairfield Challenge, ecycler exceeded its goals of improving the environment, enhancing the social value of recycling and supporting local communities.

Timothy Laurent, co-founder of ecycler, said, “This win is a real boost to ecycler!” Laurent goes on to say, “We set some difficult goals, but succeeded at each one.”

Craig Robertson, co-founder of ecycler, adds, “We are excited about being recognized and look forward to using this momentum to get the word about ecycler to more people, businesses and cities to use ecycler for their recycling service.”

Ecycler plans on using the $20k to create a mobile application for the iPhone / iPad and to host a recycling bin contest. The contest will encourage people from communities around the US to design and to build the most cost-effective, yet durable recycling bin using materials from the Home Depot or Lowe’s or their local building supply store. A high-quality recycling bin typically costs a couple of hundred dollars and it’s heavy to ship. The goal of the contest is to see if someone can come up with a creative way to build recycling bins locally without the need to ship to businesses.

During the 15 hotel stays, Fairfield Inn & Suites was used as home base; ecycler spread word to numerous businesses and individuals about how ecycler can help them recycle for free. Ecycler posters were posted at grocery stores, coffee shops and restaurants in all of the cities visited as a way to encourage discarders to join. Discarders are those who give away recyclables on ecycler.com.

For more information

http://news.marriott.com/

http://www.businesspundit.com/

http://www.prlog.org/

http://www.patch.com/

http://www.bizplancompetitions.com/

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ecycler iPad Giveaway Winner Announced!

January 10th, 2011 1 comment

ecycler is a new way to recycle! In an effort to spread the word about ecycler, we sponsored a giveaway. And, it was quite a success! We thank everyone who registered on ecycler.com as either a collector or a discarder.

So, what’s the difference between a collector and a discarder?

  • Collectors – Collectors are those who pick recyclables up from a business or house and then sell them to their local recyclable buyer.
  • Discarders – The discarders are those who give away recyclables.

We also thank everyone that made bonus entries by following us on twitter, tweeting about the giveaway, creating a blog post or commenting on the original story. Up for grabs was an Apple iPad that retails for $499.

We randomly selected a winner from all the new ecycler users that registered between October 25, 2010 and December 1, 2010 with their “bonus” entries. The result via random.org was the number 762. We cross-referenced this number to our database and the winner was identified.

Who won?

Melissa D. from Washington State!

Melissa responded back to our communication, “I got your email this morning and am SUPER excited that I won!!” A huge congratulations to Melissa–your iPad, iPad case and ecycler reusable tote are on their way!

* Apple and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc.
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ecycler Completes the Challenge

December 11th, 2010 No comments

During the Fairfield Challenge, ecycler exceeded its goals of improving the environment, enhancing the social value of recycling and supporting local communities.

Here’s how we did it:

During our visits to 13 cities, totaling 15 stays, using Fairfield Inn & Suites as our base, we spread word to numerous businesses and individuals about how ecycler can help them recycle for free. We posted ecycler posters at grocery stores, coffee shops and restaurants in all of the cities we visited as a way to encourage discarders to join.

ecycler visited Kokomo, Indiana where we visited a variety of local shops and restaurants to let them know about ecycler and encourage them to register on the site as discarders. We are also handed out some of our ecycler reusable shopping bags.

While in Michigan we met with one of our Collectors who picked up the largest discard of cans to date to get feedback from him and learn more about his salvage business. In Lansing, Michigan, we met with the Michigan Recycling Coalition about developing a partnership with that organization. Also as part of the Michigan trip we were able to get in contact with the Michigan Recycling Partnership. Ecycler is now a member of the partnership and will be presenting to the partnership in January.

During a stop in Colorado Springs, Colorado, we met a woman who said she doesn’t recycle at all because she has to pay a fee to do so. By signing up on ecycler.com, she can now recycle and save money at the same time.

As a result of our efforts on these trips, hundreds of new users have registered on ecycler.com. These new discarders and collectors will help keep cans, bottles and newspapers from clogging up landfills. Local communities will benefit because the collectors will earn extra income that can be pumped back into the local economy. It will also encourage people who haven’t recycled before to start.

We are very pleased to announce our newest business discarder the Fairfield Inn Orlando. We plan to find collectors for this hotel to meet their recycling needs. We now have several bins setup at a large car dealership in Northern Illinois with the approval to setup more bins at their multiple locations. We are working with the businesses to build out their ecycler profile pages so that their green efforts are known to the community.

Some of the best things we have heard said about ecycler are,

“ecycler is such a good idea for so many reasons.” tweet @ecycler

“I definitely will let anyone I know who may have cans to donate about your website.” tweet @ecycler

“Your new website should be a blazing success. I’ll talk to your again in the future.” Richard in MI

Radio host Kim Komando, whose weekly three-hour call-in talk show is heard on more than 470 stations, chose ecycler as a “Cool Site of the Day” on Nov. 15 in conjunction with America Recycles Day.

Another one of our goals for the future is to add scrap metal and appliances to the items that can be recycled via ecycler. During our trips we heard from potential discarders that there is growing demand for this kind of service.

We feel that ecycler deserves to win the Fairfield Challenge because there is nothing more important than the sustainability of our planet, and our site is doing its part – and encouraging legions of people around the country to do theirs – to help protect the Earth.

This and all the Crush that Can episodes may be viewed here: CrushthatCan.com. Crush that Can is a series of videos–short, humorous videos to demonstrate different ways to decrease the size of aluminum cans in order to prepare them for recycling in non-bottle bill states.
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Anyone Want an iPad?

October 25th, 2010 12 comments

ecycler is a new way to recycle! In an effort to spread the word about ecycler, we are sponsoring a giveaway. Simply register on ecycler.com as either a collector or a discarder. That’s it! You’re then entered to win…

So, what’s the difference between a collector and a discarder?

  • Collectors – Collectors are those who pick recyclables up from a business or house and then sell them to their local recyclable buyer.
  • Discarders – The discarders are those who give away recyclables.

We will randomly select a winner from all the registered ecycler users. Why all the fuss? The winner will receive a brand-new Apple iPad.

What to WIN:

Up for grabs is an Apple iPad that retails for $499 on apple.com

How to Enter:

Simply register on ecycler.com as a real user–if we can’t verify it, then it’s not a valid registration. Six bonus entries are available by doing one or more of the following:

How it Works:

On, or about, December 1, 2010, we will randomly select one winner from all the registered users on ecycler.com. We’ll include everyone’s bonus entries in addition to the registration as additional opportunities to win (up to seven entries per household).

Available in the US only (and you must be 18 or older), this giveaway will end at 11:59 Central Time on November 30, 2010See the official Rules here.

UPDATE

Thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway. It has officially ended and the winner has been selected using random.org–once verified, the announcement will be made.

UPDATE II

Thanks again to everyone who entered our giveaway. We have officially announced the winner: ecycler iPad Giveaway Winner Announced!

* Apple and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc.
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ecycler has Accepted the Challenge – Part II

October 1st, 2010 No comments

We’ve kept a running list of the places we’ve visited during the Fairfield Road to Success Small Business Challenge. Check out the ecycler has Accepted the Challenge posting for the challenge details and ecycler goals.

We had 15 nights available to us. And, we’ve managed to utilize all 15 stays! For your viewing pleasure, we’ve put together a photo montage. And, summarized all 15 stays…

Stay Number One

Date: 21 Sep 2010

Stay: 1 of 15

Property: Fairfield Inn & Suites – Champaign, IL

Primary Goal: Register Bromley Hall–a dorm of 700+ students–as an ecycler discarder. Help them understand the logistics of a large collection process.

Secondary Goal: Register sandwich shops, coffee shops, etc. around the campus.

 

Stay Number Two

Date: 29 Sep 2010

Stay: 2 of 15

Property: Fairfield Inn & Suites – Kokomo, IN

Primary Goal: Register sandwich shops, coffee shops, etc. around town.

Secondary Goal: Post ecycler posters at various town cafes, restaurants and stores to attract additional households as discarders.

 

Read more…

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ecycler has Accepted the Challenge

September 13th, 2010 2 comments

ecycler has been selected as one of the ten finalist to compete in this challenge!

DETAILS

Small Business Road to Success Challenge

Ten small business finalists will receive 15 free nights at Fairfield Inn & Suites to be used from September 13 through December 7 to travel around the country for the sole purpose of growing their business.

Finalists will share their journey with the public by blogging, tweeting and posting photos. After three months of traveling the country and working through a set of business challenges, one small business will be awarded a grand prize of $20,000 by the judging panel.

OUR GOALS

As a “green” company we try to minimize our travel as much as possible, but sometimes it is inevitable (and necessary).

Our goal is basic: Acquire additional ecycler.com website users, both collectors and discarders. We will take a bifurcated approach:

1) Collectors – add 50 qualified individuals, groups or businesses

2) Discarders – add 1000 qualified homes, businesses or institutions

We will continue to ratchet-up our successes to gain these new site users. The hotel stays will allow us into additional markets (around the US and Canada)

Thank you Fairfield Inn & Suites!

Check us out here: http://www.fairfieldchallenge.com/author/tlaurent/

Our official Press Release.

UPDATE

We’ve created Crush that Can episode 37 in celebration of our participation in the Fairfield Challenge!

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The Beat Waste Startup Challenge

June 11th, 2010 2 comments

We’ve entered the Myoo Create “The Beat Waste Startup Challenge” contest.

Come Vote for ecycler!

On the ecycler contest page, click on the “Vote for it!” below the video… It will most likely ask you to register which takes less than 120 seconds.

The registration process is easy, it will ask for an email address, username and password. It will then send a confirmation message to that email account. To finish the registration (thus the vote for ecycler), you’ll need to go to your email and confirm with the link provided in the message from Myoo Create. BTW, this is a spam-free site…

We really appreciate the vote! Please also tell your friends and family.

ELEVATOR PITCH:

At ecycler.com we bring together those who have recyclables to give away with those who want to collect those recyclables. Many US households or businesses are not offered curb-side recycling; we’re giving them that option.

The collectors—or community entrepreneurs—will redeem the recyclables they collect for cash.

Ecycler further enhances the social value of recycling as the discarders will feel good about the environment and helping someone in need. They also have the ability to track their recycling in terms of the number of units and their combined carbon offsets.

We currently are trying to reach people who would like to become ecycler discarders; we hope to get businesses apartments and groups of friends to start saving their recyclables for their local collector. Also we are looking for people to become a local ecycler collector and pick up recyclables from the discarders.

Don’t forget: Check out the contest and Vote for ecycler, we really appreciate it:

http://myoocreate.com/challenges/the-plastiki-beat-waste-startup-challenge/entries/295

UPDATE

Many thanks to everyone that made the effort to vote for ecycler. Unfortunately, we were not selected for the subsequent rounds of competition. However, stay tuned, we have some excellent news to share.

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ecycler Tote Giveaway

February 6th, 2010 14 comments

We recently ran an article on the decision process of using either paper or plastic while in the checkout line (check it out here: Which is Better… Paper or Plastic?). Our conclusion? Best to use a re-usable bag. So, we thought it would be a great idea to give away a pile of our bags to one lucky winner. What’s a pile? How about five bags!

ecycler bag giveaway

ecycler Bag Giveaway

As always, the ecycler bags are available at shop.ecycler.com for $5.99 each.

WIN:

We have a pile of FIVE of these fun ecycler Eco-Friendly Bags to giveaway!

How to Enter:

To enter, make a comment telling us how you are trying to be more GREEN.

Extra Entries:

For extra entries you may do the following, make sure you indicate your extras in a separate comment.

Available in the US only, this giveaway will end on March 1, 2010 See the official Rules here

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