SAN DIEGO, Oct. 24 — EcoATM, a nationwide network of automated electronics recycling kiosks, nabbed the 2014 Green Business of the Year Award at the Latin Business Association gala on Oct. 22 in Los Angeles.
“As our newest corporate member to the association, ecoATM quickly impressed us,” said Ruben Guerra, LBA chairman. “EcoATM reflects our mission to advocate and support Latin-owned businesses, and we are pleased to have them as our 2014 Green Business of the Year Award recipient.”
The company’s e-waste recycling kiosks offer a safe and convenient way to recycle unwanted mobile devices, tablets and MP3 players, according to the company, which collected more than three million devices as of August 2014.
There are about 396 million mobile devices that are no longer wanted in the U.S., but only about 80 million of them will be recycled, according to research firm Compass Intelligence. Consumer electronics contain lead, arsenic and other toxins that pose a threat to the environment and human health.
EcoATM’s 1,100 kiosks in the U.S. have collected more than three million devices, the company says. Its parent company, Outerwall, expects to collect at least two million pounds of e-waste over the next three years.
“Our mission is to inspire mass consumer participation in e-waste recycling through an environmentally friendly business model that leverages technology to make it seamless and convenient,” said Mark Bowles, co-founder of ecoATM. “We are proud to support the Latino community through our kiosk network while putting money back into wallets of Latino consumers and businesses.”
The ecoATM kiosks accept devices of any era or condition and use a worldwide auction system to offer consumers competitive prices depending on condition, the company says.
Some very old devices may not be worth anything, but at least they will be safely recycled, the company points out.
More than 75 percent of devices are reused. The company partners with R2 certified e-waste reclamation facilities to ensure that materials in the rest of the devices are reused and recycled.
To learn more about ecoATM or to find a kiosk, visit www.ecoatm.com.