Kiosks allow option to donate to Oklahoma tornado victims
SAN DIEGO, May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – ecoATM, the company that allows consumers to recycle used mobile phones, tablets, and MP3 players for cash, now allows the option for users to donate the money they receive for recycling their old devices to the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund. In addition, ecoATM will match all donations to the OK Strong Fund to benefit those most affected by the May 19 and 20 tornados in Oklahoma.
“Natural disasters are not only destructive to our communities but to our spirit, so we wanted to ensure ecoATM did all it could to help,” said ecoATM CEO Tom Tullie. “With more than 450 ecoATMs nationwide already accepting donations for charity, it seemed like an easy answer. People can now recycle their old phones, MP3 players, and tablets at an ecoATM and easily donate some or all of their proceeds to the OK Strong Fund and ecoATM will match their donations dollar for dollar.”
The donation option will appear on kiosks nationwide beginning Saturday, May 25. ecoATM will match any donations made by recycling at an ecoATM kiosk through June 30, 2013. ecoATM locations can be found at http://www.ecoatm.com/find-a-location.
Based in San Diego, Calif., ecoATM (www.ecoatm.com) is the first company to create an automated self-serve kiosk system to buy back old phones, tablets or MP3 players for cash. ecoATM uses patented, advanced machine vision, electronic diagnostics, and artificial intelligence to evaluate electronics. ecoATM’s eCycling stations provide a convenient trade-in solution that:
- pays consumers immediately in cash
- connects consumers real-time to broad worldwide secondary markets ensuring best possible pricing
- incorporates features that validate sellers’ identities and deter the sale of stolen phones and works closely with local law enforcement (http://ecoatm.com/law-enforcement.html)
ecoATM holds both Responsible Recycling (R2) and ISO14001 certification, confirming the company’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards of electronics recycling. ecoATM was incubated at EvoNexus (http://www.commnexus.org/incubator), San Diego’s leading fully pro-bono technology incubator, and developed the initial technology with help from a National Science Foundation SBIR grant. See http://www.ecoatm.com/how-it-works.html for a video of how an ecoATM kiosk works.
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