ecycler Wins the Challenge

Ecycler has won the Fairfield Inn & Suites Small Business Road to Success Challenge grand prize of $20,000.
Feb. 9, 2011 - PRLog -- 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 on Flickr. Several videos were also produced and uploaded to YouTube accessible via During the Fairfield Challenge, 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

More information may be found on the Fairfield Challenge site:

About ecycler, Inc. creates a new way to recycle by connecting people discarding cans, bottles, newspapers and other recyclables with those wishing to collect them.

Ecycler provides an alternative to the many U.S. households, institutes and businesses that are not offered curb-side recycling.  It’s also an option for people who do have curb-side recycling but who want to have their recyclables picked up when and where they desire.

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