National Cell Phone Recycling Week

Dear Readers, 

This week (April 6 – 12, 2009) is the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Cell Phone Recycling Week.

One way for Minnesotans to participate is by donating old phones to Verizon’s Hopeline Program. You can donate your phone by dropping it off in any Verizon store, or by printing a postage-paid label and mailing it in for free. All phones are refurbished or recycled, with proceeds used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.

Find out more information from the press release below.

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MINNESOTANS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE THIS WEEK BY DONATING OLD PHONES TO VERIZON WIRELESS’ HOPELINE PROGRAM

Consumers Can Help Their Community and the Environment During National Cell Phone Recycling Week

MINNEAPOLIS– Consumers in Minnesota can give back to their communities and help the environment by donating old cell phones, batteries and accessories to Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine® program during the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Cell Phone Recycling Week – April 6 – 12, 2009.
The EPA reports that more than 100 million cell phones are discarded annually. If we recycled all of them, we would save enough energy to power more than 18,500 U.S. homes for one year. HopeLine provides a convenient way to make an impact.
“Last year alone, Minnesotans donated more than 25,000 no-longer-used wireless phones to HopeLine,” said Nancy B. Clark, president–Great Plains Region, Verizon Wireless. “We are proud to give consumers in an easy means for recycling their no-longer-used wireless devices during National Cell Phone Recycling Week and throughout the year.”
Through HopeLine’s national recycling efforts, more than 1 million no-longer-used wireless phones have been disposed of properly, more than 170,000 pounds of batteries have been recycled and more than 200 tons of electronics waste and batteries have been kept out of landfills.
HopeLine, Verizon Wireless’ exclusive phone recycling and refurbishing program, collects no-longer used wireless equipment from any wireless service provider at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide or by mail. Phones donated to HopeLine that can be refurbished are sold for reuse and those without value are recycled in an environmentally sound way under a zero landfill policy. Proceeds from HopeLine are used to provide wireless phones and cash grants to local shelters and non-profit organizations that focus on domestic violence prevention and awareness.
For additional information on Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program, including store locations, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline.

To print a postage-paid label, visithttp://www.verizonwireless.com/hopelinemailinglabel.

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