CyclePoint University Preps New Member Nonprofits for eRecycling Success

By SourceAmerica 12/18/2015

Vienna, VA – Five nonprofits joined the CyclePoint from SourceAmerica electronics recycling network after a week of intensive training through CyclePoint University Dec. 7-11. The new agencies bring the total number of nonprofits that employ people with disabilities as part of the nationwide eRecycling program to 51 agencies from 22 states.

"CyclePoint's goal is to become the nation's largest recycler by enabling people with disabilities to be leaders and environmental stewards in their communities," said Steven Elmore, CyclePoint senior team manager. "We offer businesses a secure, efficient and environmentally responsible option to reuse and dispose of electronics that directly provides quality work opportunities for people with disabilities."

New members include:

  • Job Options, Inc. of San Diego, California, which works in partnership with government and commercial customers for outsourcing of high-quality, reliable and cost-effective support services
  • Help the World Foundation of Indianapolis, Indiana, providing housing, employment and wellness support for under-served communities such as the deaf community, veterans and people with disabilities
  • Richland Newhope Industries, Inc. of Mansfield, Ohio, which is committed to supporting people with developmental disabilities to live, work, and participate in the community, making individual choices within their circle of support
  • Exceed Enterprises, Inc. of Milwaukie, Oregon, providing vocational and development services for people with disabilities
  • Artisans of Spokane, Washington, providing services necessary for individual job development, employment support and employment opportunities in the community for persons with disabilities.

Through CyclePoint University, representatives of the new member agencies learned how to turn their local nonprofits into electronics recycling centers, a new venture for each of the five agencies. From marketing and sales to refurbishment and industry certifications, nonprofit agencies that become part of the CyclePoint network are prepped for success in the burgeoning and environmentally critical field of eRecycling.

Electronics recycling is a $20 billion industry that has doubled over five years and is projected to grow at a rate of 8 percent annually. The new line of business opens up revenue for member nonprofits and job opportunities for the people with disabilities that they serve. Since launching in January 2015, CyclePoint has created 153 new employment opportunities for people with disabilities and is responsible for more than 275 total jobs for people with disabilities across the network.