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April 15, 2008

Recycling cell phones

Did you know about 130 million cell phones will be retired this year, and that fewer than 20 percent of those phones will be recycled, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?

It happens to many of us. We get a new cell phone and the old one goes in the junk drawer or the trash. Unused wireless phones can have a second life helping a local nonprofit do its work.

In fact, recycling a wireless phone can be done on your next trip to the mall.

Several retailers have programs to recycle wireless phones and other electronics. Verizon Wireless takes used phones in any condition from any service provider at any Verizon Wireless retail store nationwide. Through the company’s HopeLine program, the phones are either disposed of properly, or refurbished for resale and reuse with proceeds going to support victims of domestic violence.

Additionally, recycling 100 million cell phones would save enough energy to power more than 194,000 U.S. households with electricity for one year (EPA).

With Earth Day around the corner, take the first step and recycle your old wireless phone.

Jason Taylor
Store Manager, Verizon Wireless
Overland Park



Cabelas has a program that recycles old cell phones for servicemen overseas. I have sent two to them in the past year, I think it is a heck of an idea.

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