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E-cycle Celebrates Its First Birthday

Posted by Chris Pier on March 23, 2018

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Goodwill E-cycle began operations in early 2017 with the goal of launching a new business line that would create new jobs, provide opportunities for sustainable job training and provide some contribution to revenue.Goodwill E-cycle began operations in early 2017 with the goal of launching a new business line that would create new jobs, provide opportunities for sustainable job training and provide some contribution to revenue. Now that we are a year into the business, we are proud of the highlights and accomplishments that have happened over the last 12 months. Let us share some of those with you:

2017 Highlights

  • We are now working hard to achieve our goals for 2018, including keeping millions more pounds of electronic waste out of landfills.Over 7.5 million lbs. of electronics processed
  • Over 2,000 items refurbished and sold through ReTech
  • 52 Goodwill Participants worked more than 15,000 hours
  • Hosted four Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) Interns
  • Hosted six Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) Interns
    • Three interns became employees

We are now working hard to achieve our goals for 2018, including keeping millions more pounds of electronic waste out of landfills. I’d like to focus on two of our goals for 2018 – growing our customer base to create jobs, and being more efficient at our work.

Creating Jobs

As we grow the E-cycle business, we’re continuing to add customers to our list of partners. One large customer has already created expansion benefits for the business starting in April, and we’re excited to share more about them and their e-waste program in a future blog! Adding more customers means we’re keeping even more electronic waste out of landfills, and we’re creating more jobs. In fact, since the beginning of 2018, nine Goodwill participants were hired as E-cycle employees!

Creating Efficiencies

Retail and E-cycle have collaborated on a project that will save the company money through the creation of a second material stream at the point of donation. This sorting practice will allow materials to be diverted to the next stage of the recycling chain quicker, and more cost-effectively; expediting revenue and reducing costs.

For more information on how Goodwill E-cycle can help your business with an IT asset management solution, please contact me at cpier@goodwillsew.com or (414) 847-4274.

 

Written by Chris Pier

Chris’ background in environmental services started nine years ago, when he assisted in building a startup company that ultimately became largest electronics recycling firm in the Rocky Mountain Region. He loved the recycling industry and spent a lot of his time in his lab where he would test materials for innovative reuses. Chris built a strong relationship with Goodwill over the years, and decided to join the Goodwill Denver team to show how Goodwill could be a leader in the electronics recycling industry. The success of the program led to him leaving Goodwill Denver to assist with the development of the same program at several other Goodwill locations. He is regarded as an industry expert in the field of electronics recycling and is a Lead Auditor for R2 Certification, the industry’s highest environmental Standard.
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